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B-School Dean Killed In Street Crossing

An artist rendering of Marquette University’s $70 million business school building, which will be located just a few blocks from where the acting dean, Joe Daniels, was struck and killed by a car on Tuesday night. Marquette University

Joe Daniels, the James H. Keyes dean of the College of Business Administration at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was struck and killed by a car Tuesday (February 11) near campus.

“On behalf of the entire Marquette community, please join me in praying for the Daniels family and friends and our colleagues in the College of Business Administration,” Marquette President Michael Lovell said in a school-wide email. “Joe was a campus fixture for more than 30 years, and I was honored to call him my friend. He inspired students his entire career as a mentor and educator and made an indelible impact on the field of economics as a master scholar.”

Daniels had been with Marquette since the early 1990s in various teaching and leadership roles. In January he was named acting dean for the 2019-2020 school year after serving as interim dean since June 2019.

“Ultimately, Joe helped take Marquette Business to new heights,” Lovell wrote. “He was instrumental in inspiring a new vision for the college, which we will carry forward in his memory.”


Joe Daniels. Marquette University

According to local news reports, Daniels, 60, of Muskego, Wisconsin, was killed after he was struck by a vehicle on Tuesday evening just after 8 p.m. while crossing the intersection of North 10th Street and West Wisconsin Avenue. The dean was crossing the street when he was hit by a driver who had a green light.

Investigators said the woman, 20, was traveling at a high rate of speed but stayed on the scene after the accident. She was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana.

Investigators said it appeared Daniels was dragged for 100-150 feet after the impact.

All business school classes were cancelled Wednesday.

“As a Marquette community, we struggle for comfort as we each feel the impact of this loss in different ways,” Lovell wrote in his school-wide email. “We are a family and need to support each other the most during times of immense sorrow.”

One student, Almere Acosta, described a campus in mourning. “People who didn’t even know him are very sad that this happened. He was very well loved,” Acosta told a local news station.

Daniels received his Ph.D. in economics, with specializations in international finance and money and banking, from Indiana University in 1992 and had been a faculty member at Marquette University since that time. He also had served as department chair as well as visiting Fulbright Chair of Governance and Public Policy at McMaster University, Farr Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Economics at Wake Forest University, and a visiting Fulbright Research Scholar in the International Relations Program at the University of Toronto. His research has appeared in the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Monetary Economics/Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy, Princeton Studies in International Finance, and elsewhere, and has been reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Policy.


The tragedy comes at a time of big change at Marquette. Just a few weeks ago, the school announced plans to build a new $70 million home for the College of Business Administration at the former site of McCormick Hall, near the corner of North 16th Street and Wisconsin Avenue — only about six blocks from the location of Daniels’ fatal accident.

The university has reportedly raised $44 million for the project over the past 18 months, primarily through alumni, parents’, and other supporters’ donations. The school plans to break ground in fall 2021. The new B-school building also will house new innovation leadership programs as well as the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship, the Women’s Innovation Network, the Athletic and Human Performance Research Center, and several colleges, according to the university.

In addition to its part-time MBA, which has about 64 students and is ranked 48th by U.S. News & World Report, Marquette’s College of Business Administration has online and executive MBA programs, as well as a slate of specialized master’s degrees.