The Metcalfe Chair is a non-residential visiting scholar of African-American, Latinx,
or Native American heritage. In 1981, Marquette University established this program
to honor the legacy of Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr., a Marquette alumnus who graduated from
the College of Liberal Arts in 1936. After a distinguished Olympian who earned gold
and silver medals in the 1932 and 1936 Olympic Games, Metcalfe served in the U.S.
Army during World War II. Upon returning to his native Chicago, Metcalfe held a series
of political posts before he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Metcalfe
died on October 10, 1978; however, his legacy lives on at Marquette through this program.
Departments or offices that would like to host future Metcalfe Chairs should contact
Dr. William Welburn, Executive Director for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.
2016-17 Metcalfe Chairs
Past Metcalfe Chairs