Dr. L. Christopher Miller, vice president for student affairs, has resigned from his position at Marquette and will be returning with his family to his previous hometown of Springfield, Illinois, to pursue other business opportunities outside of higher education within the healthcare industry. Miller will continue in his role at Marquette through May 5.
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Marya Leatherwood has been named interim vice president.
Miller joined Marquette in 2008 after serving as assistant dean for student community development and assistant dean for administration at Arizona State University, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at South Dakota State University and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Administrative Services at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Since then, he has led the Division of Student Affairs in several key initiatives, including spearheading university expansion efforts in auxiliary services, and promoting increased student success initiatives in counseling, student leadership and recreational sports. He also led significant improvements in dining, student satisfaction and program evaluation.
Miller helped develop the current Title IX model, promoted the revamping of the current Code of Conduct, and led efforts in the creation of sexual assault prevention programming and suicide prevention. He also co-chaired the Financial Resources Task Force, as well as the university’s Commissioning Committee for the Department of Public Safety.
“In his time at Marquette, Chris made an indelible impression on student life and engagement, and he’s been a champion for the entire Marquette community,” said Interim Provost and Dean of the College of Nursing Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan. “Most importantly, he has been an advocate for our students, always keeping their safety and wellbeing his number one priority. We really appreciate Chris’ leadership and commitment to Jesuit higher education, and wish him all the best in his new role.”
“While I’m excited to pursue other ventures outside of higher education, I will always treasure my time at Marquette, and I’m particularly grateful for having a campus community that’s truly felt like a family,” Miller said.
Leatherwood, who was named the university’s Title IX Coordinator in December 2014, has been actively involved in sexual violence response and prevention efforts since coming to Marquette in December 2011 and has assisted with providing Title IX training to various groups on campus. She has also served on the university’s strategic planning and enrollment management coordinating committees.
With nearly 30 years of experience in higher education, Leatherwood has served as a faculty member at the University of Illinois- Champaign/Urbana and in various faculty administrator roles at the University of Illinois-Springfield, including department chair, interim dean, associate vice chancellor of academic affairs and associate vice chancellor of student affairs.
The university will continue to provide updates on the Division of Student Affairs in Marquette Today.