Rev. Gerald Thomas (Tom) Krettek, S.J., director of the Master of Arts in Philosophical Resources program at Fordham University, has been named Marquette University’s next vice president for mission and ministry, President Michael R. Lovell announced today. Father Krettek, who will begin in his new role on Aug. 1, was also the provincial superior for the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus from 2005 to 2011.
Krettek will be a member of the President’s Advisory Team and report directly to President Lovell.
“Father Krettek brings a passion for Jesuit spiritual formation and mission integration to a leadership position that is core to who we are as an institution,” President Lovell said. “With deep ties to Marquette University and the region, Father Krettek will be a visible, accessible ambassador for Catholic, Jesuit higher education. I’m looking forward to working closely with him to advance our mission and drive our strategic plan, particularly around the theme of Formation of Minds and Hearts.”
Prior to his service as provincial superior, Father Krettek was an associate professor of philosophy in Marquette’s Klingler College of Arts and Sciences from 2000 to 2005. While at Marquette, he was also the rector of the Marquette Jesuit Community. Previously, he was an assistant and then associate professor of philosophy at Creighton University from 1989 to 2000, and director of the Jesuit Humanities Program from 1989 to 1997.
Father Krettek, who earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the Catholic University of America, holds bachelor’s, master’s and licentiate degrees in sacred theology from Regis College, which is the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Regis College, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Saint Louis University. His areas of expertise include the philosophy of Paul Weiss, political and American philosophy, philosophy of community, justice, violence, and philosophy and the Spiritual Exercises.
“Ignatius’ conversion experience, while still a lay person, uncovered for him the importance of education,” Krettek said. “Pursuing that education at the preeminent Catholic university of the time, the University of Paris, brought him into companionship with the now co-patron of the Church’s global mission, Francis Xavier, and the most accomplished director of the society’s mission of interiority through the Spiritual Exercises, Peter Faber.
“Marquette, under the leadership of President Lovell and his vision of Marquette as a destination university to be ‘among the most innovative and accomplished Catholic and Jesuit universities in the world, promoting the greater glory of God and the well-being of humankind,’ preserves and promotes the apostolic understanding of the three companions. I am grateful for and welcome the opportunity to collaborate with President Lovell and his leadership team to insure the continuation of their apostolic vision.”
Father Krettek succeeds Stephanie Russell, who left Marquette in late 2015 to become the vice president for mission integration at the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Rev. Edward Mathie, S.J., has served as interim vice president since that time.
“I wish to thank Father Mathie for his service and leadership over the past eight months,” President Lovell said. “I also would like to extend my appreciation to the search committee, led by Dave Murphy, for their diligent work in bringing forth excellent candidates for this important position.”