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Tim Hanley

Acting Keyes Dean of Business Administration

College of Business, Marquette University

Location: Milwaukee, WI

Founded: 1881

Industry: Higher Education

Through 2019, Tim Hanley served as a senior partner with Deloitte LLP. That year, he finished a 40-plus-year career with Deloitte, the largest accounting and consulting firm in the world. Under his leadership, Deloitte’s Global Consumer and Industrial Products practice grew to be the largest at Deloitte, with over $14 billion in revenues.

Prior to joining Deloitte in 2002, Hanley served as the managing partner of Arthur Andersen’s Milwaukee office. The Andersen office was then the largest in Wisconsin. He led the movement of Andersen partners and associates to Deloitte as Andersen dissolved in 2002 following the Enron situation, a period that Hanley called one of the most challenging of his career.

“I learned the importance of really putting myself in the shoes of both our people and our clients in a time of huge uncertainty,” Hanley said. “This is perhaps where I learned the most about what I now recognize is the concept of servant leadership — that is, leading by serving those you lead. That approach to leadership is one I have embraced throughout my career.”

In 2020, Hanley was asked to defer his planned retirement to take on the role as the dean of the College of Business at Marquette University. Hanley has now served in this role into his third year, leading the college through the challenging pandemic and helped raise the more than $60 million needed to fund a new business school, which will open in early 2023.

“I have been very proud to serve as the acting dean of the College of Business at Marquette University in what I view as Chapter 2 of my career,” Hanley said. “While taking on this role was certainly not in any of my original post-Deloitte career plans, I have found it quite rewarding as it allowed me to serve the university that has given so much to me.”

Upon his appointment as the dean of the College of Business in 2020, he launched a five-year strategic plan that set the roadmap for the college’s future. Hanley helped establish a Center for Professional Selling and a new set of offerings in the fintech space. There are plans for a special focus on offerings in the insurance space, and the college is looking beyond traditional undergraduate education and enhancing its MBA offerings.

“Despite the headwinds in higher ed, we are quite optimistic for our future here in the College of Business at Marquette,” Hanley said.

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Did you know?

I have visited over 40 countries in my business career (and been to six continents).


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