Two new deans (and one familiar face)
Dr. Brian Till was named Keyes Dean of Business Administration; two weeks later Dr. Kristina Ropella, Eng ’85, became Opus Dean of Engineering, a position she held on an interim basis since last spring. Both took office in July.
Till has a strong Jesuit pedigree. He was dean of the Williams College of Business at Xavier University since 2012. Prior to that he was professor and chair of marketing at St. Louis University. His tour also included a visiting year at Loyola University–Chicago. “Through my experiences at Jesuit universities I have seen firsthand how powerful the educational experience is for students,” Till says. “I think the strong liberal arts base, coupled with a business curriculum that has a values-based leadership overlay, is very powerful in preparing students for a rewarding personal and professional life.”
Ropella is no stranger in Engineering Hall. She joined the faculty in 1990 and served as chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering from 2004–13, when she was named executive associate dean of the college and later interim Opus Dean. “I am deeply honored to have the opportunity as Opus Dean to serve the Opus College of Engineering and its community of students, faculty, alumni, industry and academic partners,” Ropella says. “As Marquette engineers we have the privilege, through our creativity and innovation, to profoundly improve the lives of each and every person in an ever-changing, increasingly complex world. I look forward to leading the college in fulfilling this mission.”
Searches for deans of the College of Nursing and Diederich College of Communication will begin this fall. — CS