Former Marquette leader to serve as interim president

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by Chris Patterson

MILWAUKEE -- Several in the Marquette University community have been asking why Father Scott Pilarz is stepping down as President.  Four days after his abrupt resignation, Pilarz released a statement to the Marquette community Wednesday afternoon.  He also announced that the person he suceeded as president two years ago, Father Robert Wild, will serve as Interim Marquette President.

Father Pilarz' letter said his decision to leave "evolved gradually over two years."  Pilarz says he wants to do more pastoral work, teaching, research, writing, and tend to his aging parents who live on the east coast.

Pilarz  says Marquette needs a president who is willing to commit to working wholeheartedly on a comprehensive capital campaign over the next five to seven years. Father Wild will serve as interim President until next August when a new permanent President is expected to be in place.

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