Marquette University begins national search for next president

CREATED Dec 7, 2013

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 MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University is looking for a new president, and for the first time ever, they're getting some help in the form a national executive search firm.

According to the Journal Sentinel, the Jesuit university has tapped a firm from Illinois in order to help the school find the right candidate.

Along with the search firm, the school recently put out a position description detailing what Marquette is looking for in their 24th president. Thanks to an amendment to the bylaws in 2011, the school is not just looking for a Jesuit leader, but laypersons are welcome to apply as well. The description was also written gender neutral - a rarity for the University previously led only by men. 

The school is looking to fill a position vacated by Father Scott Pilarz in early fall of this year. Since that time, former school president Father Robert Wild came back to lead on an interim basis. 

Marquette would like to have the position filled by the beginning of the 2014-2015 academic year.