Marquette University (MU), a coeducational, Catholic, Jesuit
institution and the largest private university in Wisconsin, seeks
a creative, collaborative, strategic, and visionary leader to serve
as the Vice President for Inclusive Excellence. This is a great
opportunity at a pivotal time when diversity, equity, and inclusion
(DEI) is fueling transformation for our students, faculty, and
staff; our community; and society at large.
We seek a bold, purpose-driven influencer. Relationship-builder.
Energetic pathfinder. This is an opportunity for a seasoned leader
who believes in the power of both a cohesive DEI strategy and
skillful implementation of programs and initiatives to help advance
the growth, innovation, and impact of Marquette. This is an
invitation to be a catalyst, further cultivating a culture of
inclusion and diversity, and amplifying Marquette’s drive to Be
The Vice President for Inclusive Excellence reports to the
Provost and is a member of the University Leadership Council and
the Provost’s Cabinet. This senior leader will shepherd A
Culture of Inclusion – one of the six themes of the
university’s strategic plan Beyond Boundaries. As a
connector and consensus builder, they will work with
administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community
stakeholders. The charge is to translate Marquette’s Catholic,
Jesuit mission into a campus culture that is enriched by and
celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The time is now. Momentum is building as we welcome increasingly
diverse students, faculty, and staff. In 2021, Marquette earned the
federal designation of Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).
Indeed, the face of the student body is changing – 58% of
first-year students are women, 34% are students of color, and
24% are first-generation college students.
Ignited by a charge to further Marquette’s Catholic, Jesuit
mission through concrete initiatives, this leader will have the
following opportunities and challenges:
- Set visionary strategic goals for creating a more diverse,
equitable, and inclusive environment.
- Coordinate and collaborate on existing DEI initiatives across
the university to elevate these efforts and align them to the
- Increase recruitment, retention, and support for students,
faculty, and staff from underrepresented backgrounds.
- Demonstrate a commitment to the academic community by working
with students, faculty, and staff to foster rich knowledge related
to teaching and research on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Maintain a visible, active campus presence.
- Supervise and develop the Office of Institutional Diversity and
Why Marquette University
Marquette University, in Milwaukee, Wis., is a highly ranked
destination university, renowned for academic rigor, innovation,
and the achievements of its community of scholars. Founded in 1881
by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), a group of priests and lay
brothers in the Catholic Church, Marquette has grown to be a major
private research university grounded in its Guiding Values:
Excellence, Faith, Leadership and Service.
Marquette has been consistently ranked in the top 100 of
national universities by U.S. News & World Report and,
in 2021, was rated #83 among national universities and #53 for
At a Glance:
- 11,000+ students (7,600+ undergraduate; 3,600+ graduate)
- 2,265+ employees
- 11 nationally and internationally recognized academic
- 167 majors and minors and more than 68 doctoral and master’s
- 64% of undergraduate students come from outside of Wisconsin
and hail from every state in the U.S. and represent 80+
The campus community rallies behind 16 NCAA-Division 1 athletic
teams that compete in the Big East conference. The university
offers state-of-the-art facilities for competition on campus and
off, including Fiserv Forum, home of the 2020-21 NBA World Champion
Marquette is located on a 98-acre campus alongside downtown
Milwaukee, the largest city in Wisconsin and the 23rd largest city
in the U.S. Set on the shores of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is one of
America’s great cities, combining a dynamic urban community with a
rich cultural heritage.
The population is approximately 600,000, and approximately 1.4
million people live in the metropolitan area. Milwaukee is highly
diverse, with about 39% African American, and 19% Hispanic/Latinx
Milwaukee is prized for its vibrant array of attractions –
including professional sports teams, world-renowned arts and
performing arts, global cuisines, cultural and music festivals,
parks, rivers, and outdoor recreation. Neighboring cities of
Chicago and Madison are within 90 miles.
To learn more about Milwaukee, see: https://www.visitmilwaukee.org/
The university seeks a proven strategic leader with a
distinctive record of achievement. The successful candidate will
bring most, if not all, of the following professional
qualifications, skills, experiences, and personal qualities:
- A terminal degree in a relevant field is preferred, but not
required. Candidates with a deep working knowledge of issues and
trends in DEI, especially as they relate to higher education, are
encouraged to apply.
- Three to five years of increased administrative experience,
with preference given to candidates with a demonstrated record of
leadership in a university setting.
- Strategic thinker excited to deepen the relationship between
Marquette's Catholic, Jesuit mission and DEI work and to translate
this relationship into innovative practices.
- Experience in planning and implementing initiatives, managing
resources, and working across organizational structures.
- Demonstrated decision-making abilities and political and
- Ability to synthesize complex information and communicate with
sensitivity, cultural awareness, agility, and emotional
intelligence to a wide audience.
- Demonstrated ability to motivate a wide variety of stakeholders
to work toward and achieve a common goal; strong interpersonal and
consensus-building skills; ability to build trust and
- Familiarity with Federal civil rights laws that prohibit
discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal
financial assistance from the Department of Education, including
Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504.
- Strong management skills with the ability to leverage the
expertise of and heighten the visibility of their team.
- Ability and fortitude to engage in complex conversations
involving matters of diversity, equity and inclusion.
To learn more: Visit the Vice President for
Inclusive Excellence search website is:
Search for Vice President of Inclusive Excellence // Office of the
Provost // Marquette University
To apply: Resumes with cover letters should be
attached via the Employment at Marquette website for this position
It is the policy of Marquette University to provide equal
employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran
status or any other applicable federal or state-protected