Greg Kliebhan will retire as senior vice president July 31 after 35 years as an administrator at Marquette.
In a July 14th letter to Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., Kliebhan, 60, said his own long-term health issues and Father Wild’s pending retirement prompted him to ask whether he still had the “energy level and physical stamina” to continue in his administrative role.
“These 35 years could not have been more humbling or more gratifying. I was blessed to have been mentored and to mentor, to have been involved in the hiring or promotion (or both) of literally hundreds of extraordinary colleagues and to be a proud part of ‘We Are Marquette’ in a special way,” Kliebhan wrote.
“Greg has often expressed gratitude and thanks for the tremendous impact that Marquette made on his life. After 35 years of service and leadership to the university, he also made a deep and lasting impact on the university,” Father Wild said. Among the accomplishments he cited were Kliebhan’s careful attention to sound fiscal management; his creation of the Renewal Task Force, which annually looks for cost efficiencies and quality improvements in university operations; and the dramatic improvements to the university’s physical plant. “Greg bleeds blue and gold,” Father Wild said, “and I expect he will continue to do so in his well-earned retirement.”
Kliebhan and his wife Linda, also a Marquette alum, earlier established an endowed scholarship fund to support first generation students.
Kliebhan, a 1973 graduate of Marquette, began his Marquette career in 1976 as a management analyst, after earning his MBA at the University of Illinois. Since that time, he has assumed increasing responsibility for university administration, finance and planning, and has held more than a dozen positions, including budget director, director of budget and institutional research, vice president for planning, vice president for administration, interim vice president for university advancement, corporate secretary, corporate treasurer and senior vice president and corporate vice president.
“This seems to me to be the perfect time and place to declare that I have had four great loves in my life — my God, my family, my friends and my University,” Kliebhan said.
Pre-demolition work of the Newbridge Apartments at the northeast corner of 12th and Wells streets is now underway. Protective fencing is in place in preparation for the demolition, which will start later this month and is expected to be completed by September. Grass will be planted on the site, since there are no specific plans for the property at this time.
Marquette carefully monitors property transactions in the campus area and, as properties within the campus master plan area become available, the university assesses their value and determines their importance to the campus environment. In June 2010 the university finalized the acquisition of the property, which is in a strategic location across the street from the Al McGuire Center.
Among the other campus construction projects underway this summer are improvements to student organization space in the lower level of Alumni Memorial Union, the relocation of the Office of International Education from AMU to Holthusen Hall later this month and the relocation of the Krueger Child Care Center to 500 N. 19th St. in August. Student Educational Services will expand from its current location on the third floor of AMU into space vacated by OIE. The forthcoming Gender Resource Center will also occupy a portion of the space vacated by OIE.
Watch News Briefs for more information, as well as more in-depth coverage of campus construction projects in the September issue of Marquette Matters.
An employee discount is available for the July 25-29 summer basketball camp for boys ages 5-17. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center. Activities will focus on individual skill development, league games, camp contests and team play. Cost is $250 per session, but a $25 discount is available for children directly related to an individual employed by Marquette University. Space is limited.