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Marquette University Alumni Association

College of Business Administration Recipients

Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award

Timothy P. HanleyTIMOTHY P. HANLEY, BUS AD '78

Oconomowoc, Wis.

Attempting to keep himself in the greater Milwaukee area is tougher these days for Tim Hanley. That’s because he recently accepted a role leading Deloitte’s Global Manufacturing practice, which means he spends substantial time familiarizing himself with the airports of the world.

“With everything I take on, I try to maintain a focus on excellence, faith, leadership and service,” says Tim, who previously led Deloitte’s U.S. Manufacturing practice.

Tim is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a regular speaker and presenter for many industry organizations. He is widely quoted in trade publications and a member of the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management Dean’s Council of Excellence.

But he doesn’t just serve clients. He serves causes.

“Someone taught me long ago that I shouldn’t accept a volunteer board position unless I thought one day I’d be interested in serving as board chair,” he says. “That advice has served me well.”

As a volunteer, Tim is involved in organizations like the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s Catholic School Commission, PAVE and Families International, to name a few. Most satisfying, though, is the time he spent as chairman for the Jesuit Partnership, a fundraising organization serving the faith formation of new Jesuits while caring for elderly ones.

“In my career, my primary role is to be of service to my partners and colleagues around me,” he says. “I try to take the same approach in my volunteer activities. The concept of servant leadership has been one that has resonated for me.”

Fun facts about Tim:
Hometown: Waukesha, Wis.
Favorite book: Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success: Building Blocks for a Better Life by John Wooden
Someone alive or dead he’d like to have dinner with: Al McGuire
The Marquette faculty member who had an impact on Tim: Don Giacomino
Favorite Marquette memory: “The 1977 national championship is a highlight, but the quality of the lasting relationships made at Marquette are most meaningful.”
In grade school, Tim wanted to play professional basketball. As he puts it: Who aspires to be a CPA when they are in their teens?
Most influential person in Tim’s life: His father