Dean's Update August 2012

Taking the helm: A Q&A with new Interim Keyes Dean Mark Eppli

On July 31, 2012, Dr. Mark J. Eppli, professor of finance and Robert B. Bell, Sr., Chair in Real Estate was named by Marquette University Provost Dr. John Pauly as Interim Keyes Dean of Business Administration. Eppli assumed his new role Aug. 16 and he succeeds Dr. Linda Salchenberger, who was named associate provost for academic planning and budgeting. A formal search will begin one year from now for a new permanent dean to begin July 1, 2014.

Eppli brings his experience as a professor and director of Marquette’s Center for Real Estate to the position, and aims to be “a servant leader…who will support others to capitalize on the college’s momentum and help drive it forward.”

We sat down with Dr. Eppli for a Q&A...

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Marketing professor honored with lifetime achievement award

Gene Laczniak, chair and professor of marketing in Marquette University’s College of Business Administration, has been honored with the “Marketing and Society Lifetime Achievement Award” from the American Marketing Association. He was recognized for his sustained research contributions over 35 years concerning marketing issues that deal with social questions. The AMA noted that Laczniak’s scholarly publications on marketing ethics and his seminal work in developing this field of study deserved particular recognition.


In Brief: Specialty programs see outstanding job placement rates

Three Marquette Business specialty programs – Applied Investment Management, Real Estate and Supply Chain Management – all posted top job placement rates for 2012 graduates. The AIM and Real Estate programs placed 100 percent of their graduates (25 and 23 students, respectively) in full-time jobs within three months of graduation; Supply Chain Management posted a 93-percent rate, with 38 of 41 graduates landing jobs.


Doug Fisher, director of the Center for Supply Chain Management, commented on the troubling signs in the manufacturing sector in southeastern Wisconsin. Manufacturing fell in July for the first time in three years.

Doug Fisher, director of the Center for Supply Chain Management, discussed the impending military cuts that could cost Wisconsin 11,000 jobs. "If I were a defense contractor or a supplier, I would be doing a lot more than thinking about it. I would be making contingency plans," Fisher said. "I couldn't plan ahead to build a business with this hanging over my head."

David Clark, professor of economics, commented on the continued growth of Wisconsin home sales. Clark says it is encouraging to see such a strong growth over the past 12 months.



Beyond the numbers: Seven stakeholders to consider in improving acquisition outcomes

David King, associate professor of management, writes in the Graziado Business Review that “enlisting stakeholders becomes important to achieve success for any acquisition,” and he identifies seven key audiences and how to address them. According to King, successful acquisitions go beyond financial considerations to achieve synergies. He adds, “An implicit challenge then is to coordinate the efforts of groups with different interests to realize expected gains. This means that acquisitions quickly go from numbers to considering the impacts on people.”






Accounting alumnus named CFO of the Year

Jonathan Sohn, a 1995 accounting alumnus and senior vice president and chief financial officer for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, was named CFO of the Year by the Business Journal of Milwaukee. In its fifth year recognizing southeast Wisconsin’s accomplished CFOs, the Business Journal honored Sohn in the Large Private Companies ($250 million+) category.

EMBA alumna named executive director of nation’s largest youth orchestra

Linda Edelstein, a 2011 executive MBA alumna, has been named executive director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the largest youth orchestra in the United States. She leaves her role as the chief operating officer for the United Performing Arts Fund.