Marquette University has named Dr. David Schejbal as its new chief of digital learning, Provost Dan Myers announced today. Schejbal, who is currently the dean of continuing education, outreach and e-learning for the University of Wisconsin–Extension system, will start in his new position July 1, reporting directly to the provost.
Schejbal, in partnership with Dr. Shaun Longstreet in his new role as Associate Provost for Educational Development, will be responsible for working across campus to develop a vision and roadmap for digital learning at Marquette, including the development of an innovative and forward-thinking strategic plan to grow online education.
“Reimagining how we deliver Marquette’s unique brand of Catholic, Jesuit education across an ever-evolving digital landscape is important to how the university adapts to the future of higher education,” Provost Myers said. “David’s deep experience in the digital learning environment, coupled with his keen sensibilities around our mission, makes him the ideal person to lead Marquette on this front. I’m looking forward to working with him and seeing all the new and innovative approaches he brings to the university.”
Prior to joining the UW–Extension system, Schejbal spent eight years at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign as associate vice chancellor and director of continuing education. He received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Connecticut and has taught at Northern Illinois University and Loyola University of Chicago. In 1992 Schejbal moved into administration at Northwestern University as director of summer session and special programs, and then as associate dean of University College, developing intensive courses that enabled students to move through the curriculum more quickly, and building off-campus, faculty-led programs to enable students to gain applied field experiences throughout the United States and abroad.
“I am delighted to join the talented Marquette community. I have had a chance to meet senior administrators, students and faculty, and I was impressed by their warmth, collegiality and commitment to the strong mission of the institution,” Schejbal said. “It is clear to me that Marquette is a very special institution with a commitment to social justice and human well-being, and those values are very important to me.”
“There is tremendous opportunity to develop online programs regionally, nationally, and globally,” he added. “I very much look forward to working with the deans, faculty, and staff to build a robust, mission-driven online portfolio of programs for Marquette and to expand the reach of the institution throughout the world.”