Marquette Provost’s Office announces new leadership, promotions

March 25, 2024

MILWAUKEE — As part of planned changes to its leadership structure to better align with the university’s new strategic plan, the Marquette University Provost’s Office announces the following new leaders and promotions: 

Dr. Chris Navia

Brian Troyer Dr. Scott D'Urso
Dr. Chris Navia Brian Troyer Dr. Scott D'Urso
  • Dr. Chris Navia, vice president for inclusive excellence, will move into a new role as acting vice president for belonging and student affairs, which combines the university’s institutional diversity and inclusion and student affairs functions. The role is effective July 1. 
  • Brian Troyer, associate vice provost for enrollment management and dean of Undergraduate Admission, will serve as acting vice president for enrollment management and dean of undergraduate admissions. This follows the retirement of Dr. John Baworowsky, outgoing vice president for enrollment management. The role is effective July 1. 
  • Dr. Scott D’Urso, associate dean in the Graduate School, will serve as acting vice provost for graduate and professional studies and dean of the Graduate School. This follows the departure of Dr. Doug Woods, who was recently named provost at Loyola University Chicago. The role is effective immediately. 
  • Alix Riley, director of institutional research, has been promoted to chief academic effectiveness officer; she will join the University Leadership Council. The role is effective immediately.  
  • Title IX Coordinator and Director of Student Civil Rights Compliance Kristen Kreple will now report to the provost.  
Alix Riley Kristen Kreple
Alix Riley Kristen Kreple

The Provost’s Office also announced the creation of a new position, chief wellness officer. The individual in this role will lead the development of a holistic, multidisciplinary strategy for student health and well-being, while integrating well-being into all facets of the Marquette student experience, aligning with Marquette’s new strategic plan and the early 2025 opening of the university’s integrated Wellness + Helfaer Recreation facility. The university will conduct a national search to fill this new position.

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