Dear Marquette Friends and Alumni,
I’m excited to welcome our student body back to campus for the 2023-24 academic year. Our accomplishments in 2022-23 were nothing short of transformational for the college, and I’m confident that we can exceed them over the next 12 months.
This will be the first full year in Dr. E. J. and Margaret O’Brien Hall, the College of Business Administration’s new building that opened its doors in January. I’ve had the great pleasure of taking many of you through the building and hearing the positive things you’ve had to say. If you have not seen it yet, I invite you to take a tour the next time you’re in town. You will see classes in the building from dawn until well after dusk, business professionals mingling with students and collisions of all kinds in our coffee shop. The lights in this building are always on, and you are always welcome.
We envisioned O’Brien Hall as the business crossroads of Milwaukee, and one of my biggest priorities for the next year is to bring that vision to life. We’ve hosted many of the city’s most successful companies for off-site development seminars, networking opportunities with our students and more. Deloitte, Baird, Clarios, Northwestern Mutual, America Makes; these are just some of the organizations that have seen the value of hosting their events in O’Brien Hall. I look forward to welcoming even more companies and industry leaders in the months to come.
There is no doubt that opening O’Brien Hall has built positive momentum for our college. Now it will be up to the college community to sustain that momentum. Faculty, staff, students and alumni all have a role to play in enhancing Marquette Business, ensuring that it is one of the premier institutions in the country for business education at all levels: undergraduate, graduate and executive education. I’m fortunate to interact with each of those stakeholder groups every day. Their passion, skill and level of commitment are second to none.
You will find plenty of examples of this when reading the stories in this newsletter. You will witness our dedication to business with purpose, as the people in this college succeed in the Jesuit tradition. You will see this college the way I’ve come to see it as dean: as a place where what’s good for business meets what’s good for people.
I look forward to another great year at Marquette!
Acting Keyes Dean of Business Administration