Dr. Robert Deahl, the first and only dean of the College of Professional Studies since 1996, will step down and leave Marquette University at the end of the summer.
Deahl and Provost Daniel Myers in August announced a proposal to phase out the college’s operations and shift CPS’ degree programs to the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and Diederich College of Communication. The University Academic Senate in December voted to close the college, and the Board of Trustees is expected to vote on the measure at its February meeting.
Deahl, who has been involved in adult learning and community leadership at the local, national and international levels, was hired in 1994 to help launch the first undergraduate degree program for non-traditional adult students at the university. He was named the dean 20 years ago when Marquette inaugurated the College of Professional Studies.
Under Deahl’s leadership, the college launched a number of innovative initiatives, including a 17-year educational partnership with Harley-Davidson Motor Company, off-campus and community-based programs, and taking on and delivering the highly regarded community leadership development program, Future Milwaukee.
“Dr. Deahl has been a respected leader and a passionate advocate for adult learning and community leadership at Marquette for more than two decades, and we as a university have been better for it,” Provost Myers said. “While we’re changing the space in which we deliver adult education, Dr. Deahl’s mark on those programs is unquestionable.”
The college has offered a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees during its existence, but the primary emphasis has been on providing working adult students throughout the greater Milwaukee community an opportunity to pursue a values-based Jesuit education in leadership studies.
Deahl will remain involved with the Milwaukee community and plans to write a book on reflective practices and leadership excellence.