Dr. Stephanie Russell, vice president for mission and ministry, has resigned from her position at Marquette University to become the vice president for mission integration at the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, President Michael R. Lovell announced today. Her last day at Marquette will be Dec. 31; she will assume her new role on July 1, 2016, and will work on special projects for the university during the spring semester.
President Lovell has named Rev. Edward Mathie, S.J., interim vice president. Father Mathie has served in a variety of leadership roles, including director of Campus Ministry at Marquette. A Milwaukee native, he has also served as provincial superior of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus, interim pastor at the Church of the Gesu and interim president of Marquette University High School. Father Mathie currently teaches a popular undergraduate theology course in Ignatian spirituality.
A 1983 graduate of the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, Russell joined Marquette in 2001. In her role as vice president for mission and ministry, she has been responsible for promoting the university’s mission and Catholic, Jesuit identity, expressed in the search for truth, the discovery and sharing of knowledge, the promotion of a life of faith and the development of leadership expressed in service to others. Additionally, Russell has overseen the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality, the Institute for Catholic Leadership, Manresa for Faculty, and Campus Ministry.
Russell has worked for many Jesuit institutions, including 11 years as the provincial assistant for lay formation and social ministry with the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. She was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Spring Hill College, the University of Scranton’s Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Award for Distinguished Contributions to Ignatian Mission and Ministries, and the Marquette University High School Spirit of St. Ignatius Award.
“Marquette is grateful for Stephanie’s contributions to the mission and ministry of our university,” said President Michael R. Lovell. “All Jesuit colleges and universities nationwide will benefit from her expertise in the years to come.”
“It has been an immense privilege to be part of the Marquette community over the past 15 years,” Russell said. “I am leaving with a deep sense of gratitude for the colleagues and friends who so generously give themselves to the university’s academic and spiritual mission, each and every day. Your care for students is inspiring, and I hope, as a member of the AJCU staff, to support your work in the years to come.”
In her new role with the AJCU, Russell will work remotely from Milwaukee and travel to support the work of AJCU conferences, provide workshops and consult with colleges and universities, and assist in central aspects of the AJCU’s mission.