Marquette recently underwent several changes among key university leadership positions.
In late October, Executive Vice President of Operations Dave Lawlor resigned to take on a new position at a private equity firm. “I want to thank Dave for his leadership and many contributions to the university,” President Lovell said in a statement. “Since joining Marquette nearly two years ago, Dave has made a significant impact. Most notably, he helped close a 10-year partnership with Wintrust Financial Corp., which includes a substantial gift to scholarship aid and athletic sponsorships.”
President Lovell immediately appointed Joel Pogodzinski, Bus Ad ’94, formerly chief financial officer, to the role of senior vice president and chief operating officer, reporting directly to the president.
Additionally, Dr. Dan Myers recently stepped down from his role as provost. “All of us at Marquette are grateful to Dan for his leadership and the impact he made on the university over the past three years,” President Lovell wrote in a letter to campus.
President Lovell immediately named Dr. Kimo Ah Yun, dean of the Diederich College of Communication, as acting provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Sarah Feldner is now acting dean of the Diederich College of Communication.
President Lovell, Pogodzinski and Ah Yun appeared together at a Nov. 2 “Beyond Boundaries: A Campus Conversation” event about implementation of the university’s strategic plan. The three addressed 200 faculty and staff to highlight opportunities the recent changes offer, and to emphasize the leadership team’s commitment to moving the university forward.
President Lovell said he values highly the chemistry and alignment among the new executive leadership team, and he is excited about the opportunity to work with Pogodzinski and Ah Yun, as he believes they will be great stewards of Marquette’s strategic plan.
“Change is always hard,” President Lovell said, “but what unites us all is that 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 the Marquette community to support its new leaders in this time of transition.