Graduate & Professional Studies, Marquette Business

2023: The year in Marquette Business news

Take a look back at some of the biggest college headlines of the past year.

The Marquette College of Business Administration went through a transformational year in 2023, starting with the opening of Dr. E. J. and Margaret O’Brien Hall in January and ending with the announcement of Andrew J. DeGuire as the next Keyes Dean of Business Administration in December. Here’s a full rundown of the year in Marquette Business.

January: Open for business: O’Brien Hall era officially begins for Marquette Business

The year began with a bang as O’Brien Hall officially opened its doors as the new home for the College of Business Administration, Graduate School of Management and Innovation Leadership Programs. The $60 million, 100,000 square-foot facility is the largest fully-donor funded project in Marquette history and is built for the future with maximum flexibility and state-of-the-art, globally connective technology. Learn more about O’Brien Hall’s impact on students in this report from TMJ 4.

February: Marquette student business venture Blue & Gold Brewing releases beer for National Marquette Day

Blue & Gold Brewing LLC, a student-run business venture launched as part of an undergraduate applied learning program in Marquette University’s College of Business Administration, unveiled its first beverage, ’77 Golden Ale, to be released and sold on National Marquette Day and in select breweries around Milwaukee.

Blue & Gold Brewing has since expanded into coffee in partnership with Stone Creek and will soon announce its next novelty beer for 2024.

March: Sales and engineering intersect at Marquette’s first technical sales workshop

The College of Engineering and the College of Business Administration co-hosted a workshop entitled, “Translating Technical Solutions into Customer Value: a value proposition workshop for sales engineers.” Designed to help engineers increase their business acumen, the workshop led by Dr. Jessica Ogilvie served as a model of interdisciplinary collaboration. This workshop and the opening of the new Omron Advanced Automation Laboratory signals a promising new era of partnership between these two colleges.

April: Dr. Anthony Pennington-Cross named executive associate dean

Dr. Anthony Pennington-Cross accepted the executive associate dean role and replaced Professor Emeritus Dr. David Clark, who retired from Marquette after 39 years of service. Pennington-Cross is a distinguished scholar with research interests in subprime real estate loans and predatory lending.

May: O’Brien Hall dedication ceremony brings campus community together

Marquette University hosted a dedication ceremony for its newest academic building, O’Brien Hall, on Wednesday, May 3. President Michael R. Lovell, Opus Dean of Engineering Kris Ropella and Acting Keyes Dean of Business Administration Tim Hanley were just some of the university leaders on hand to commemorate the occasion.

June: Alumni National Awards 2023: Marquette University Alumni, Friends Honored for Excellence

This year’s group of college alumni award winners are universally recognized as excellent representatives of their companies and of Marquette. You can find a full list of them here. Fiserv CFO Bob Hau, the winner of the 2023 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award, also spoke to Marquette Today about his professional journey.

Marquette Business named Face of Business Education in Milwaukee

We aspire to be Milwaukee’s business school, not just a business school located in Milwaukee. (There’s a big difference!) Being named the Face of Business Education by Milwaukee Magazine was an honor, one that underscores just how important it is to be connected with the communities we serve.

August: Accelerating Ingenuity in Markets (AIM) approved as undergraduate major

Marquette University’s Academic Senate voted to elevate Accelerating Ingenuity in Markets (AIM) to major status starting with the 2023-24 academic year.

“Building on its strong history, AIM today delivers an immersive, rigorous, application-driven learning experience that’s designed to give students the critical competitive edge they need to land internships and top-paying jobs in leading global firms,” says AIM Executive Director, Dr. Joe Wall. “Our team could not be more excited about AIM’s future.” 

The new major offers a pair of concentrations — Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and fintech (financial technology) — that allows top-performing finance students the opportunity to tailor their academic experience to align with professional goals.

September: Marquette EMBA places 26th in “Poets & Quants” rankings 

Marquette’s Executive Master of Business Administration program is ranked 26th among its national peers in the latest edition of the Poets and Quants rankings.

This is an increase of 11 spots over last year’s ranking and makes Marquette the highest-rated program in Wisconsin once again.

“This seal of approval from Poets & Quants confirms what we know firsthand; that students receive deeply engaged learning experiences in ways that advance them both personally and professionally in their companies and communities,” says director of executive and professional programming Dr. Kevin Walsh. “We are pleased to be recognized in this way by a premier ranking organization.”

October: Marquette Business dean recognized as Wisconsin Titan 100 business leader for second consecutive year

Tim Hanley, the acting Keyes Dean of Business Administration, has once again been recognized as a member of the Wisconsin Titan 100 by Titan CEO, which honors business leaders who demonstrate exceptional leadership, vision, passion and influence in their fields.

The awardees are all Wisconsin CEOs and C-suite executives representing both the public and private sectors. This year’s award winners represent companies that collectively employ more than 140,000 people and generate $76 billion in annual revenues. Titan CEO will hold an awards reception for the group at Fiserv Forum on Jan. 18, 2024.

November: Marquette Business professor named among best undergraduate business professors by “Poets & Quants”

Dr. Terence Ow, professor of information systems and analytics in Marquette University’s College of Business Administration, was featured among Poets & Quants for Undergrads’ 50 Best Undergraduate Professors for 2023.

“Dr. Ow is a terrific faculty member,” said Tim Hanley, acting Keyes Dean of Business Administration. “His strong research record, innovative approach to teaching and all-around dedication to the job has made an enormous impact throughout his two decades here in the Marquette College of Business Administration. This is a well-deserved honor that shows just how high the standard for instruction and scholarship is at Marquette.”

Northwestern Mutual’s Andrew DeGuire named next Keyes Dean of Business Administration 

Andrew J. DeGuire, vice president of corporate strategy at Northwestern Mutual, was named the next James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration at Marquette University, succeeding acting Dean Tim Hanley, who has led the college since 2020. DeGuire, a 1993 Marquette alumnus, will begin in the role on July 1, 2024.

“I am humbled and appreciative to Provost Kimo Ah Yun, President Michael Lovell and the Marquette community to welcome me back to lead Marquette Business,” DeGuire said. “Under the leadership of Tim Hanley, and the late Joe Daniels before him, the College of Business Administration has seen exciting growth and opportunities both on campus and in the Milwaukee business community. I look forward to leading Marquette Business and continuing its tradition of preparing its students with the knowledge to succeed, the principles to lead and the confidence to connect what’s good for business with what’s good for people.”