Calling for a renewed focus on students, a desire to talk through and resolve conflicts, and an emphasis on making Marquette better every day, the university’s new executive leadership team of President Michael R. Lovell, Acting Provost Kimo Ah Yun and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Joel Pogodzinski appeared jointly at the beginning of Friday’s Beyond Boundaries: A Campus Conversation event.
“One of the great things about our opportunities in front of us,” SVP Pogodzinski said, “is that while we have many opportunities, there will be challenges and hard work along the way. One commitment we’ve made to ourselves and to the faculty and staff is we’re going to be putting our students first and we’re going to work though those conflicts together in a healthy way.”
Acting Provost Ah Yun encouraged all faculty and staff to consider every day what can be done to improve the Marquette experience. “If all of us in this room do that every day and we do that every day for a long period of time,” he said, “Marquette will be an even more incredible place than it already is.”
What unites us all, President Lovell said, “is we want to produce men and women who go out and change the world and do things to make the world a better place.” He called on all faculty and staff to support SVP Pogodzinski and Acting Provost Ah Yun in their new roles.
A video of the opening segment of Friday’s forum featuring the three Marquette leaders is available online.