Robert A. Wild, SJ, is the retired President of Marquette University, serving as chief executive from June 1996 to August 2011. Under his leadership, Marquette improved academic quality, increased and stabilized enrollment, and enhanced partnerships with the state of Wisconsin, City of Milwaukee and community groups. During his tenure, Marquette raised from alumni and friends more than $800 million for scholarship support, campus improvements and endowed deanships, faculty chairs and faculty research grants.
A biblical scholar, Father Wild holds a doctoral degree in New Testament and Christian origins from Harvard University, a master’s degree in classical languages, a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Loyola University Chicago, and a licentiate in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1957 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1970.
Father Wild is currently a member of the boards of the University of Detroit Mercy and St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He previously served on the boards of St. Louis University, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the Big East Conference, Conference USA, the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (past board chair), the Greater Milwaukee Committee and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.
Immediately prior to joining Marquette, he was President of the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass. At present he is assisting the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus with its fundraising needs.