Dr. Gary Meyer, senior vice provost for faculty affairs, will return to the faculty in the Diederich College of Communication after serving 14 years in the Office of the Provost overseeing academic affairs (2010-15) and faculty affairs (2016-present). He will finish his role June 30, 2024.
During his time in the Provost’s Office, Meyer served on more than 100 university committees, and as Marquette’s liaison to the Higher Learning Commission, he led the university through two reaffirmation of accreditation initiatives.
“In my nearly decade as president at Marquette, I have personally witnessed Gary’s selfless leadership and his unprecedented commitment to making Marquette a great university,” said President Michael R. Lovell. “I am so thankful for all he has done for Marquette and wish him nothing but the best as he moves back into the classroom.”
“I have known Gary for over 30 years. He is a close friend and one of the reasons I came to Marquette,” Provost Kimo Ah Yun said. “He has had a faithful commitment to making Marquette better by finding ways to improve the lived experience of our faculty and ensuring that we are excellent in all that we do. I will miss his daily counsel and engagement with Marquette’s leadership team.”
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to serve the university, and for those who so graciously helped me along the way,” Meyer said. “I look forward to reconnecting with my colleagues and getting back into the classroom on a more regular basis.”
Meyer was instrumental in developing and implementing Marquette’s academic honor code and transforming the Center for Teaching and Learning into a unit focused on pedagogical excellence with an emphasis on Ignatian pedagogy. As the inaugural head of the Office of Faculty Affairs, Meyer revamped Marquette’s New Faculty Orientation and initiated the Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Faculty Colleague Award, which is distributed each year to a faculty member whose generosity serves as a model for others. Additionally, Meyer worked closely with the Participating Faculty Task Force to help improve the lived experience of Marquette’s non-tenure track faculty.
In 2017, Meyer established the nationally recognized Marquette FELOS faculty leadership development program. Since its inception, nearly 100 members of Marquette’s faculty have participated in FELOS, including 22 department chairs, 10 assistant or associate deans, and four center or institute directors. Meyer will continue to facilitate the FELOS leadership program when he returns from sabbatical in 2025.
“I am grateful for Dr. Meyer’s steadfast work for faculty in his time as senior vice provost. As part of the first FELOS cohort, I appreciated his work to support emerging faculty leaders, and I have enjoyed watching my FELOS friends become effective campus leaders who were ready to thrive in their new roles,” said Dr. Leah Flack, professor of English. “Dr. Meyer has been a leader who has been consistently interested in creating new opportunities for development and connection for faculty as professionals and human beings in the world. I wish him well as he continues to build on this legacy in his future work on campus.”
Prior to joining the provost’s office, Meyer served as associate dean in the Diederich College of Communication (2003-10) and inaugural director of the Corporate Communication major. He has published two books along with more than 25 journal articles. In 2002, Meyer received Marquette’s Teaching Excellence Award, the university’s highest teaching honor bestowed upon faculty members.