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Robert E. Solsrud, Grad '73, Grad '03

Dr. Robert E. Solsrud, Grad '73, Grad '03

Achievement Award

College of Education

Achievement Award

Dr. Robert E. Solsrud, Grad '73, Grad '03

Dr. Bob Solsrud has been on a mission — an educational mission for more than 40 years. As head of school at Brookfield Academy since 1993, he also has taught, coached and been athletic director. Along the way, he developed a real commitment to independent education, which he says, "provides the freedom to define a mission and pursue it with unbridled energy and enthusiasm."

Bob credits his Marquette education with giving him the leadership skills and virtues necessary to enhance the educational climate and culture at Brookfield Academy.

Along with helping ensure the educational success of pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students, Bob set his sights on an even bigger goal: the largest capital campaign in Brookfield Academy history. Despite the troubling economy, a 110,000-square-foot Upper School for 320 students just opened.

Others are taking notice of the academy's success, too. The Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce and BizTimes Milwaukee last year recognized it as a Top-10 Small Business.

Bob's personal mission in life — which he says is "living a life reflective of God's goodness and mercy and using my God-given talents to the best of my ability" — takes him beyond his educational efforts. He is engaged in his community, where he visits nursing homes for Bible study, helps with his church's food pantry and coaches middle school basketball.

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Favorite quote: “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” — Thomas Jefferson