the provost search and the Role of the provost, August 15, 2013
Dear Marquette Colleagues:
I want to thank all of you who participated in the listening sessions held in June as part of the provost search process. The input that you provided has been valuable to the search committee, the search consultants, and me in creating the Opportunity and Challenge Profile and redefining the provost responsibilities as we move forward.
I have met with the Provost Search Committee, the President’s Cabinet, and the Deans’ Council to share my vision for the role of the provost. Across the higher education landscape there are different models of the provost position, and the responsibilities of the provost have been changing at many institutions. With this in mind, I wanted to share my thoughts with you so that there is clarity about the role of the next provost at Marquette.
I know many of you have been advocating for a stronger provost, and I want to assure you that the next provost will be the clear number two, second only to the president in the leadership structure at Marquette. The vice presidents support the work of the provost. And in the eyes of people both on and off campus, the provost must be seen a strong advocate of our academic enterprise.
In order to be that strong advocate, the provost must be the most important decision maker regarding the budget. Working with me, the provost identifies budgetary priorities in the academic area and fundraising priorities for Marquette. I will be relying on the provost to help provide additional clarity and transparency regarding the budget process. He or she must have the ability to collaborate with diverse constituencies: faculty, deans, students, vice presidents, alums, trustees, and others.
The provost will play a key leadership role in helping to implement the strategic plan. The plan is our guide for the next five to seven years, and the provost will be instrumental in making the goals of the plan a reality.
If you have questions or input regarding the provost search, please contact Dr. John Su, professor of English and chair of the search committee, or go to the Provost search website. Know that the search committee is committed to a transparent and inclusive process as we seek Marquette’s next academic leader.
Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.
Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., is interim president
Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., is the interim president of Marquette University. From 1996 to 2011 he served as the 22nd president of Marquette University. Under his leadership, Marquette has improved academic quality, increased and stabilized enrollment, and enhanced partnerships with the City of Milwaukee and community groups and in 2005 completed the most successful comprehensive campaign in the history of the university with a total of $357 million. Read more...