Vice President for University Relations, General Counsel Paul Jones to leave Marquette; new OUR leadership named

Lynn Griffith named chief marketing and communication officer, Ralph Weber acting general counsel

Oct. 31, 2023

Paul JonesMILWAUKEE — Paul Jones, vice president for university relations and general counsel at Marquette University, has announced he will leave the university to lead corporate development and strategy at A. O. Smith Corporation, President Michael R. Lovell announced today. Jones’ last day at Marquette will be Friday, Nov. 17.

Jones has served in his role for nearly three years, leading many of Marquette’s externally facing functions, including marketing, communication, public affairs, and corporate and community engagement. He integrated and rebranded these critical functions as the Office of University Relations (OUR) to serve the Marquette community as strategic partners, connectors and storytellers, with the ultimate purpose of elevating the Marquette brand to transform lives.

As general counsel, Jones was responsible for the management and operation of the Office of the General Counsel, which provides legal representation, advice and services on all legal matters affecting the university and its employees.

Under Jones’ leadership, the OUR team transitioned to a digital storytelling emphasis, which has been nationally recognized, and secured major federal and state funding for the university, including for the School of Dentistry. Jones helped to launch Blue & Gold Ventures, a separate nonprofit organization that now manages Marquette’s student-run business initiatives. He also helped strengthen university relationships with key corporate and community partners, including Kohler, Omron, the Milwaukee Bucks, Near West Side Partners and Northwestern Mutual.

“Paul has been a trusted general counsel and dynamic university leader; he has provided extraordinary value to the university by elevating the Marquette brand through external storytelling and relationship building,” President Lovell said. “I wish him all the best in his new role, where I’m certain he will thrive.” 

Lynn GriffithPresident Lovell announced today that Lynn Griffith, assistant vice president of university communication, will be promoted to chief marketing and communication officer with responsibility for the university’s marketing and communication functions within the Office of University Relations. Her new role will be effective Nov. 13. 

Under Griffith’s leadership, the university communication team has elevated Marquette Today as the university’s primary storytelling hub with a daily distribution schedule and double the industry average open rates; maintained 90% positive/neutral media coverage of the university; and was recognized by RivalIQ for top-15 social media engagement in higher education. 

President Lovell has appointed Ralph Weber, a longtime Milwaukee trial lawyer and owner of Weber Advising, as acting general counsel, effective Nov. 13. Weber has previously served as outside counsel for the university and will lead the Office of General Counsel, as well as the corporate engagement, public affairs and Innovation Alley functions within the Office of University Relations. 

Ralph Weber

Griffith and Weber will report to President Lovell and will serve on the President’s Cabinet and the University Leadership Council. 

“Lynn has demonstrated remarkable leadership in her role, and she has become a trusted counselor to me and other senior leaders at Marquette — I have great confidence in her ability to lead the marketing and communication functions in OUR, and I look forward to working more closely with her,” President Lovell said. “I am equally pleased to have Ralph step into his new role, as he is one of the city’s most highly respected lawyers, and he has provided loyal and dedicated service to Marquette, always with the university’s best interests at heart.”

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