Dave Lawlor serves as the university’s chief operating officer and university treasurer. The university’s vice presidents for General Counsel; Human Resources; Marketing and Communication; Planning and Facilities Management; and Public Affairs report to him, as does the chief financial officer, chief information officer, chief investment officer, and the chief of police. The vice president for University Advancement has a dual reporting relationship with Dave and the president.
In partnership with the president and provost, Dave and his team have responsibility for operationalizing the university’s strategic plan — Beyond Boundaries.
Prior to his arrival at Marquette, Dave was the vice chancellor for finance, administration and operations, and chief financial officer for the University of California, Davis and its health system. His career shift to higher education began in 2008, when he assumed the senior finance role at The George Washington University in our nation’s capital.
Dave’s career began in commercial banking at Wells Fargo Bank’s headquarters in San Francisco. Subsequent to Wells Fargo, Dave spent the majority of his career in high-tech with Hewlett Packard and its test and measurement sector spin-off — Agilent Technologies. He held senior global roles there in general management, research and development, and finance. Just prior to GW he held the role of CFO/COO at PCTEL Maryland, Inc. — a mid-cap telecommunications company.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Dave enjoys aviation and golf. He holds a CL-65 type rating and several FAA instructor ratings. He and his wife, Amanda, have four children. They reside in Mequon, Wis.