Dennis M. Pollard PT ’78
Dennis Pollard cherishes his Marquette memories, even in his position as senior vice president and chief operating officer for Froedtert and Community Health, one of Southeastern Wisconsin’s most respected health care systems.
“What I took away from Marquette has sustained me throughout my life,” he says. “The Jesuit-inspired belief that one should be a man or woman for others has been a powerful influence.”
Dennis, a product of Marquette University High School, became interested in physical therapy early. When he entered the field, he discovered new growth opportunities while helping rehabilitate patients who had sustained strokes and spinal cord injuries, as well as other life-altering conditions.
“It was all about service, and I loved it,” says Dennis, who also completed a two-year fellowship with the Health Care Advisory Program in Washington, D.C.; recently finished his term as president of the Menomonee Falls (Wis.) Chamber of Commerce; and has worked each of the past 30 summers at Camp American Legion, a rehabilitation facility in northern Wisconsin.
All the while, Marquette has remained close to Dennis’ heart. He has been an adjunct clinical faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy program and has written encouraging letters to accepted students. Two of his four children are Marquette graduates: son Kevin, Bus Ad ’05, and daughter Elizabeth, Arts ’07. Kevin will graduate from Marquette’s Law School in May.
Today, as Dennis works on serious health care-related issues, he relies on his Marquette experience for guidance in “leadership, critical decision-making and sense of community.”