rev. Robert A. Wild, s.j.

Rev. Robert A. WildRobert A. Wild, S.J., is the interim president of Marquette University. From 1996 to 2011 he served as the 22nd president of Marquette University. Under his leadership, Marquette has improved academic quality, increased and stabilized enrollment, and enhanced partnerships with the City of Milwaukee and community groups and in 2005 completed the most successful comprehensive campaign in the history of the university with a total of $357 million.

Immediately prior to assuming the Marquette presidency, from 1992 to 1996 Father Wild served as president of the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, Mass., a graduate school which trains both clergy and laity for leadership roles in the Catholic Church.

From 1985 to 1991 he served as provincial superior of the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus, directing the activities of Jesuits in northern Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and southwestern Ohio.

A biblical scholar and author of two books and numerous scholarly articles, Father Wild taught theology at Marquette from 1975 to 1984.

Father Wild is a native of Chicago. He holds a doctoral degree in New Testament and Christian origins from Harvard University, a master's degree in classical languages and a bachelor's degree in Latin from Loyola University Chicago, and a licentiate in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago.

He has held visiting professorships at Loyola University Chicago and the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. Father Wild began his teaching career at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, where he taught Latin, Greek and speech and debate from 1964 to 1967. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1957 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1970.

Father Wild is a member of the boards of the University of Detroit Mercy, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the Big East Conference, and the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (past board chair).