Transplanted Hoosier found refuge in Wisconsin’s Northwoods lakes
Dr. Joe Daniels is only a few months into his new gig as Acting Keyes Dean of Business Administration, but he’s no stranger to Marquette — he’s been a faculty member in the Economics Department for nearly 30 years.
The farm boy from Indiana recently took a moment to talk with Marquette Today about his family, love for fishing and why he’ll never tell you he’s too busy.
Hometown: Daleville, Indiana
Family: Wife, Lora; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Angela Daniels (Denver); daughter and son-in-law Leigh Daniels and Michael Tiberi (Los Angeles); son Wesley (Wauwatosa). Bill, Angela, Leigh and Wesley all attended Marquette.
Hobbies and interests: Fishing
Favorite movies: Breaking Away (filmed in Bloomington, Indiana) and Caddyshack
Heroes: All my friends and family who are first responders and firefighters, especially my life-long friend Tim Hale, who has 11 saves from burning buildings over a 30-year career as a firefighter.
Favorite quotes/mottos: “Be yourself, everybody else is already taken.” And, “Most of us are like tea bags, we don’t know how strong we are until we are in hot water.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
Currently reading and favorite book: I usually have a couple of books in progress at any time. Currently reading The Mueller Report (still trying to figure out what is redacted). My favorite book is John Steinbeck’s East of Eden.
Favorite vacation spots: “Up nort,” fishing with my buddies.
Biggest career learning experience: I once told my mentor that I was too busy to do something, and he replied with total disdain: “We are all busy.” It made me pay attention to and appreciate how hard other people are working.
Fun facts: I grew up on a small farm in rural Indiana, I’m a first-generation college grad and I married my high school sweetheart. I am mixed handed but not completely ambidextrous.