Kristen Leigh Kreple, J.D., Title IX & Equity investigator at Stanford University, has been named Marquette University’s new Title IX coordinator. She will begin her role at Marquette on Feb. 1, reporting to Dr. William Welburn, vice president for inclusive excellence. Kreple will lead Marquette’s Title IX office, partnering with the university’s four Title IX deputy coordinators to ensure Marquette complies with all Title IX requirements.
At Stanford, Kreple led the adjudication process for sexual misconduct cases and trained faculty and staff on Title IX and their obligations under it. She led more than 30 investigations into allegations of sex discrimination, from trauma-informed interviews and evidence gathering through charging decisions and hearings.
“Kristen has deep experience on issues related to Title IX, including leading Title IX investigations at one of the country’s top universities and working in the Office for Civil Rights, which administers and regulates Title IX policies nationwide,” said Welburn. “I’m confident that with Kristen’s leadership, Marquette will continue to foster a learning environment that is safe, conducive to academic success and supportive of healthy personal development for all members of the campus community.”
Before joining Stanford in 2015, Kreple worked in a variety of positions in Washington D.C. She was federal relations counsel for the American Association for Justice from 2013-2015, counsel for the US. Senate Judiciary Committee for U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl from 2009-2013 and worked as an attorney-advisor for the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education from 2008-2009.
Kreple received her bachelor’s degree in political science, behavioral science and law, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Cara Brook Hardin, who has served as Marquette’s interim Title IX coordinator since Aug. 1, will continue in that role until Kreple’s first day on campus, when Hardin will return to her previous role as a deputy Title IX coordinator.