Marquette Board of Trustees elects new officers, trustees emeriti

May 8, 2023

Zurn Elkay’s Todd Adams to serve as board chair

MILWAUKEE — The Marquette University Board of Trustees elected new executive officers at its May 3 meeting, the university announced today. Todd Adams, chairman and chief executive officer of Zurn Elkay Water Solutions, is the new board chair, succeeding Robert J. Eck, who served in the role since 2020. Raymond J. Manista, executive vice president — chief legal officer, chief compliance officer and secretary of Northwestern Mutual, has been elected vice chair.

About Todd Adams

Todd AdamsAdams was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees in 2015 and served as vice chair of the board from 2020-23.

He is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Milwaukee-based Zurn Elkay Water Solutions, which supplies the industry’s widest range of clean water solutions for drinking water, hygiene and sustainable water management. Adams has been the company’s chairman since 2020 and chief executive officer since 2009. He joined the company, formerly Rexnord Corporation, in 2004.

Adams also serves on the boards of Badger Meter Inc., Children's Wisconsin and Hunger Task Force.

He is a member of the Marquette University Archbishop Henni Founders Society and the Marquette University President’s Society.

About Ray Manista

Raymond J. ManistaManista was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees in 2017. He is a two-time Marquette alumnus—he earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1987 and his J.D. from Marquette Law School in 1990.

Manista is executive vice president — chief legal officer, chief compliance officer and secretary of Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s law and public affairs function, including the law, enterprise compliance, privacy, government and community relations and enterprise sustainability departments.

Manista has served on several boards, including Milwaukee Succeeds; the Association of Life Insurance Counsel; Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare — Southeast Wisconsin; Milwaukee College Preparatory School; and the Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund.

Three trustees receive emeritus status

The Board of Trustees also bestowed emeritus status on three members whose terms have concluded: Eck, 1980 alumnus and retired chief executive officer of Anixter International Inc.; Jon Hammes, managing partner, Hammes Company; and Peggy Troy, 1974 nursing alumna and president and chief executive officer of Children's Wisconsin.

About Marquette University

Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee that offers a comprehensive range of majors in 11 nationally and internationally recognized colleges and schools. Through the formation of hearts and minds, Marquette prepares our 11,100 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional students to lead, excel and serve as agents of positive change. And, we deliver results. Ranked in the top 20% of national universities, Marquette is recognized for its undergraduate teaching, innovation and career preparation as the sixth-best university in the country for job placement. Our focus on student success and immersive, personalized learning experiences encourages students to think critically and engage with the world around them. When students graduate with a Marquette degree, they are truly prepared and called to Be The Difference.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or