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James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration
Marquette University

Date Posted Jul. 10, 2023
Title James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration
University Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI, United States
Department College of Business Administration (COBA)
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Dean
  • Business - General

James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration, College of Business Administration, Marquette University

Founded in 1881 and located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Marquette is one of 27 Catholic, Jesuit universities in the United States and is the largest private university in Wisconsin. The university has been consistently ranked in the top 100 of national universities by U.S. News & World Report. 

Marquette’s College of Business Administration (COBA) is committed to delivering a Jesuit business education that fosters a hunger for integrated knowledge, develops a spirit of intellectual curiosity and innovation, and instills a commitment among students to make a meaningful impact on the world around them through professional excellence, servant leadership, and purposeful personal development. There are 1,425 undergraduate students in COBA and 374 graduate students. The college is organized into five academic departments: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management and Marketing. In its 2023 rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked several undergraduate programs in the top 35: the Real Estate program is ranked 15th; the Supply Chain Management program is ranked 18th; the Finance program is ranked 22nd; and the Accounting program is ranked 32nd. The Graduate School of Management, housed within COBA, is home to the nationally ranked part-time MBA (in-person and online) and Executive MBA (EMBA) programs, as well as the Master in Management and other world-class master’s programs, as well as a joint MBA program with the Marquette University Law School. COBA has a base budget of $13 million and, as of December 2022, an endowment of more than $39 million. 

The James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration reports to the provost and is the chief academic, financial and administrative officer of COBA. The dean will provide leadership and general oversight of the academics and operations of COBA, including overseeing recruitment and development of faculty and staff, curriculum and program development, communications and marketing, and resource management. Strategy and fundraising activities also report directly into the dean.

The dean will join Marquette University at an exciting time following the opening of Dr. E. J. and Margaret O’Brien Hall in January 2023. This $60 million, fully donor-funded, 109,000 square-foot building serves as a state-of-the-art home for the College of Business Administration, Graduate School of Management and the university’s innovation leadership programs. Designed to foster collaboration between Marquette Business students and industry, O’Brien Hall features collaborative classroom, lab and study spaces, as well as an event space, café, faculty offices and dedicated areas for nationally recognized specialty centers.

Marquette is seeking a dean of business administration who will secure financial resources, provide visionary and executive leadership, raise visibility, and build organizational capacity while fostering a culture of excellence in innovation, teaching, and research, and ensuring an inclusive and positive working and learning environment for students, faculty, and staff. Strong candidates will have demonstrated ability to fundraise and a track record demonstrating administrative leadership, vision, innovation, and experience and responsibilities in an environment characterized by collegial management, mentorship, and inclusive decision making. Candidates should hold an earned doctorate or record of commensurate distinguished accomplishments. 



To submit a cover letter including a summary of demonstrable accomplishments, curriculum vitae/resume, and a diversity statement that includes past experience and activities, as well as future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, please visit the Employment at Marquette website for this position. For candidate nominations, questions, and general inquiries related to this opportunity, please visit the Keyes Dean search website and contact

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 classification.


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