President Michael R. Lovell and the Provost Search Committee have announced four finalists in the search for the university’s next provost.
The finalists include:
Dr. John P. Frendreis is a professor of political science at Loyola University Chicago, where he previously served as provost from 2005 to 2007.
Dr. Paul W. Ludden serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Southern Methodist University, where he is also a professor of biology.
Dr. Daniel J. Myers serves as vice president and associate provost for faculty affairs at Notre Dame University, where he is also a professor of sociology.
Dr. Rowena A. Pecchenino serves as dean and vice president of the faculty of social sciences at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth where she is also a professor of economics. Pecchenino was previously professor and chair of the economics department at Michigan State University.
The finalists will be making two-day visits to campus this month, when they will have the opportunity to meet and interact with a broad array of Marquette faculty, students and staff. Each visit will include two public events to which all members of the university community are invited. The 4 p.m. sessions are designed primarily for faculty and the noon sessions are designed primarily for staff, but all members of the Marquette community are invited to attend any of the public events. At the public sessions, the finalists will speak for approximately 20 minutes about leading the academic enterprise at a Catholic, Jesuit university in the 21st century. The finalists' talks will be followed by question and answer sessions. The 4 p.m. sessions will conclude with a reception from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., providing opportunities for informal conversation. The public finalist event schedule follows:
Dr. Daniel Myers
Thursday, Jan. 22, 4 p.m., Raynor Library Beaumier Suites
Friday, Jan. 23, noon, Raynor Library Beaumier Suites
Feedback form for Dr. Myers
Dr. Paul Ludden
Feedback form for Dr. Ludden
Dr. Rowena Pecchenino
Feedback form for Dr. Pecchenino
Dr. John Frendreis
Feedback form for Dr. Frendreis
For those unable to attend, videos of the open sessions will be posted on the provost search website on Friday, Jan. 23. Videos will be restricted to on-campus and VPN users. All feedback is due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28, feedback forms will not be available after this date.
"It has been the search committee's privilege to represent Marquette University to the candidates," said Dr. John Su, professor of English, director of the University Core of Common Studies and chair of the Provost Search Committee. "Now the university community will have the opportunity to meet the finalists. In your interactions with the candidates, I thank you in advance for your hospitality and your focus on both the future and potential of Marquette University’s mission."
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.
Faculty, students and staff who participate during the visits will have the opportunity to submit feedback online. That input will be reviewed by the search committee and President Lovell. As specified in the Protocol for Conducting a Provost Search, President Lovell will make the final decision. The provost is expected to begin work in the summer of 2015.
For questions, contact John Su, search committee chair, at (414) 288-3476.