Former Marquette President Robert Wild asks for name to be removed from residence hall
Karen Herzog and Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Published 4:26 p.m. CT Sept. 4, 2018 | Updated 7:07 p.m. CT Sept. 4, 2018
The Rev. Robert Wild, one of Marquette University’s most celebrated former presidents, asked the school to take his name off a new residence hall Tuesday, acknowledging for the first time that he mishandled accusations of sexual abuse against three members of his Jesuit order in Chicago more than 25 years ago.
Wild — who still works at Marquette in fundraising — directed the activities of Jesuits in northern Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and southwestern Ohio as provincial superior of the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) from 1985 to 1991.
“During my six years in office, accusations of sexual abuse of minors were lodged against three of our members. Looking back, I would have handled certain aspects of those cases rather differently than I did then,” Wild said in a letter to Marquette President Michael R. Lovell and the school’s board of directors.