Dr. Marya Leatherwood, vice provost for strategic and academic planning, will retire from Marquette University, Provost Daniel Myers announced today. Leatherwood, who extended what was to be a one-year appointment into nearly five years, will remain in her role on campus until the search for her successor is complete.
“I couldn’t be more thankful to Dr. Leatherwood for her admirable and selfless service to Marquette University,” Provost Myers said. “That she delayed her retirement to ensure that the university’s strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries, was given new life and launched with clear, inspirational goals and objectives shows just how much a part of the Marquette fabric she is. She was a great adviser to me as a new provost, and I’m forever grateful for that.”
Leatherwood has held four positions since she joined Marquette: assistant vice president for budget in the Division of Student Affairs; interim Title IX coordinator; interim vice president of student affairs; and lastly, vice provost for strategic and academic planning.
“It is a testament to my colleagues, the students and the entire Marquette community that my promise to come to Marquette for one year got a bit shifted and one year turned into almost five years,” Leatherwood said. “Marquette is poised to accomplish great things — this is a fine university that will be one to watch over the next years as it accomplishes bold plans and gives back to its communities in so many ways through its partnerships, its services and its graduates. It has been an honor to serve in a variety of roles at Marquette, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my experiences.”
Before coming to Marquette, Leatherwood was an associate professor in the University of Illinois system at the Urbana-Champaign and Springfield campuses. At the University of Illinois-Springfield, she held a variety of administrative roles including department chair, interim dean, associate provost, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, and associate vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management. She earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in management sciences (organization behavior/organization theory) from the University of Iowa.
Leatherwood will retire to her home in Georgia with her husband Al.
The search for the next vice provost for strategic and academic planning will begin shortly; watch Marquette Today for updates.