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Rev. Thomas W. Neitzke, S.J., Ed.D., was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees in 2017.
Father Neitzke is the dean and executive director at Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. He also holds a faculty appointment as a clinical associate professor in the School of Education, where he teaches courses in leadership. Father Neitzke earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Loyola University in Chicago, a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of San Francisco, a master of divinity degree from Santa Clara University and a doctorate from Creighton University focusing on educational leadership. His dissertation, “Jesuit Collaborative Fundraising: Religious and Secular Nonprofit Partnerships,” studied the historical and modern roots of Jesuit fundraising and presented a collaborative process between secular and religious nonprofit organizations.
Father Neitzke served as president of Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska, and was also an adjunct faculty member at Creighton University in the Graduate School. He taught courses in strategic and political leadership, school law and foundations of education, and supervised internships in elementary/secondary administration. He is also an adjunct faculty member for Jesuit Worldwide Learning: Higher Education at the Margins.
Father Neitzke served as chairman of the board at Creighton Preparatory School before his term as president and currently serves on the boards of Scranton University, Marquette University High School and the national Cristo Rey Network. His past board service includes Georgetown Preparatory School, Loyola Academy, Seattle University, Brophy College Preparatory School and Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands.