Marquette's president to step down

Bryan Dee

Marquette's president to step down

By Bryan Dee. CREATED Sep 20, 2013

MILWAUKEE - Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., the president of Marquette University, has informed the Marquette Board of Trustees that he will step down from his position at the end of the fall semester in December. He cites his desire to pursue new apostolic work as the reason for his resignation.

Pilarz said that “after 10 years as a university president, I believe the time has come to consider other apostolic opportunities for me as a Jesuit priest. I have made this decision after much prayer, discernment and conversation with religious superiors, my spiritual director and others whose counsel I have sought over the past three years.”

He decided to inform the Board of Trustees now so that the university has time to search for a new president for the 2014-15 academic year. Marquette will begin that search immediately.

Father Pilarz served as president of the university for just over two years. His term began on August 1, 2011. He spent 8 years as president of the University of Scranton before coming to Milwaukee.

Board of Trustees Chair Charles M. Swoboda released a statement regarding Pilarz resignation. “We thank Father Pilarz for his accomplishments and dedication to Marquette, its faculty and most of all, its students,” said Swoboda.

Some of Pilarz’s most notable achievements at Marquette were guiding the university into the realigned Big East conference and hiring a new dean for the university’s largest college, the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.

He also oversaw renovations to the some of the university’s historic buildings, including Johnston Hall, Marquette Hall, and Sensenbrenner Hall, as well as the School of Dentistry.