Dr. Daniel J. Myers, vice president and associate provost for faculty affairs at the University of Notre Dame, has been named Marquette University’s next provost, President Michael R. Lovell announced. A sociology professor and member of Notre Dame’s faculty since 1998, Myers has led the university’s faculty affairs since 2011.
Myers, who will take office on July 1, will be the No. 2 leader and chief academic officer at Marquette. He succeeds Interim Provost Margaret Callahan, dean of nursing, who has served in the role since June 2013.
The announcement marks President Lovell’s fourth key leadership hire since he was named president in spring 2014.
“Our search committee did an outstanding job of identifying a strong leader with an excellent understanding of complex issues facing higher education in general and Catholic higher education in particular,” President Lovell said. “Considering his wealth of experience as an academic leader and faculty member at a premier institution like Notre Dame, Dan is an ideal fit for Marquette as we look toward building our future.”
“On behalf of the search committee, I would express my profound gratitude to the Marquette community of students, faculty, staff, alumni and others whose hard work to re-envision the provost role inspired a broad, talented and diverse pool of candidates to apply for this position,” said Dr. John Su, chair of the search committee, professor of English and director of the Core of Common Studies. “In Dan Myers we have an academic leader who can partner with President Lovell to ensure that Marquette continues to enhance its national and international reputation, and to promote the value of a twenty-first century Jesuit education.”
Myers, whose extensive bio is available online, said he is excited for and honored by the opportunity.
“I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know the Marquette community,” Myers said. “From my many interactions during my visits to campus, I can sense what a special place Marquette is, and I’m humbled by the opportunity to serve as your provost.”
President Lovell added: “I would like to thank John for his leadership on the search committee and express my gratitude to Margaret for her dedicated service to Marquette University as our interim provost over the past two years.”
The search committee began its work in August 2014. Working with executive search firm Isaacson, Miller, the committee met with a wide range of university colleagues. The feedback from those listening sessions helped the committee compose the Opportunity and Challenge Profile, a description of the role of the provost as well as Marquette’s collective hopes for the future. Isaacson, Miller used the Opportunity and Challenge Profile to advertise and recruit for the position.
This fall, the committee reviewed the candidate pool and selected nine semi-finalists who visited Milwaukee for in-depth, confidential interviews with the search committee in December. After those interviews, the committee recommended four finalists to President Lovell. He met separately with the semi-finalists, discussed the search committee’s recommendation at an in-person meeting and approved inviting the finalists to campus. Four finalists made two-day visits to campus in January. Each finalist spoke at two forums open to all members of the Marquette community. President Lovell and the search committee online feedback provided by the Marquette community. As specified in the Protocol for Conducting a Provost Search, President Lovell made the final decision.