Lora Strigens, associate vice president for finance and university architect, has been named vice president for planning and strategy, President Michael R. Lovell announced today. The move, effective Aug. 1, signals the heightened importance the university has placed on Beyond Boundaries, the university’s strategic plan — Strigens will coordinate its continued implementation.
“Through Beyond Boundaries, we’ve set in motion a clear strategy for Marquette’s future — where we want to be, how we will get there and what we can do to go further,” President Lovell said. “Through her impressive work on the campus master plan and other university initiatives, Lora has demonstrated precisely the sort of leadership that will ensure that we move forward as a university that delivers a transformational education.”
Strigens, who will be a member of the President’s Advisory Team, will continue to lead campus master planning and capital planning for the university, and the Department of Facilities Planning and Management will remain under her purview.
“I am honored by the opportunity to build upon the work my team and I have done over the past two years to help develop a comprehensive physical plan for the future of our campus. I am so grateful to the many individuals who welcomed me to the Marquette community and to the leadership for placing their confidence in me,” Strigens said. “I am energized by the bold vision for our university. We have a tremendous opportunity to integrate our planning efforts and chart the course to achieve the transformative experience we wish to deliver. I look forward to working with stakeholders across campus to advance those efforts.”
A Milwaukee native, Strigens joined Marquette in fall 2014. Prior to that, she was the associate director of planning at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Previously, she served as an associate vice president at a national architecture, engineering and planning firm. A licensed architect and planner, Strigens has worked on numerous education and cultural projects both locally and nationally, and has provided leadership on projects from early planning through programming and implementation.
Strigens earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and two master’s degrees from UWM. She was the recipient of the GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award from UWM, and was also recognized as a 40 Under 40 by the Milwaukee Business Journal.