Senior university leadership has approved a proposal to create a University Staff Assembly (Staff Assembly). This group of elected individuals shall represent Marquette University staff so that their views and interests may be considered, alongside those of faculty and students, in the conduct of institutional affairs that affect life in the workplace and in the advancement of the university’s mission.

Membership on the Staff Assembly shall consist of eight members-at-large (equal representation of exempt/non-exempt), eight area representatives (equal representation of exempt/non-exempt) and one associate or assistant vice president.  Elections were held in April.

The Staff Assembly will have five standing sub-committees as follows: Bylaws Committee, Nominating and Election Committee, Work Environment Committee, Communications Committee, Staff Development and Service Committee.  Members from the Staff Assembly will be appointed to administrative committees and other task forces including, but not limited to, the University Leadership Council.


                         Contact your University Staff Assembly’s

Work Environment Committee


  • Bring to us work environment issues relevant to the Marquette community as a whole. Examples might include campus resources, practices, procedures and policies.
  • As your voice within the University Staff Assembly, we’ll take these matters forward formally—seeking answers from the appropriate campus contact(s) or area(s).

Meet your University Staff Assembly liaisons on the

Work Environment Committee:

Hello—I’m a senior writer in University Advancement. MU brought me to Milwaukee for graduate school in 1986; it’s where I met my husband of 23 years; and it has been the center of my professional career since 1999. Marquette means the world to me because it has shaped my world. I’m committed to help make the campus work environment all it can be for my fellow staff who are critical for making our university the special place it is. Please feel free to contact me at 414-288-4472 or

I am the director of Recreational Sports. I have worked a combined 17 years at MU, with my first stint being as an associate director of Rec Sports during the ’80s. I’m starting my 7th year in my current role. I have served on a number of divisional and university-wide committees and enjoy working with and getting to know different faculty and staff throughout campus. Please contact me at 414-288-5642 or with your concerns/comments about global work environment matters.

Laura Abing

John Sweeney


The university ombuds is a confidential, neutral and informal resource available to staff and faculty to facilitate the resolution of workplace concerns. The ombuds is independent of other university resources andfunctions,and serves as an advocate of fair process. For information about the kinds of concerns brought to the ombuds and how the ombuds might be of assistance, please visit the website, or contact Kerry Egdorf, Ombuds, at 414.273.1453 or via email at


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Serving 2014-2015 Academic Year:

Chair—Sherri Lex
Graduate School

Vice Chair—Laura Abing
University Advancement

Secretary—Nicholas La Joie
Instructional Media Center

Treasurer—Sara Pforr
Office of Marketing and Communication


University Staff Assembly

The Staff Assembly represents more than 1,600 employees across campus whose diverse work responsibilities range from Student Development and Advancement to Facilities and IT Services.  Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., president of Marquette University, and members of his cabinet approved the establishment of the University Staff Assembly on March 3, 2013, creating a more inclusive staff community.