Meet President Christine M. Wiseman, J.D.
Christine M. Wiseman, J.D. is the President of Saint Xavier University in Chicago and the immediate past Provost of Loyola University Chicago, where she also held a tenured position as Professor of Law. She currently serves on the Board of Mount Aloysius College in Pennsylvania, and served on the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia from 2006-12, where she also chaired its Academic Affairs Committee. Before joining Loyola in 2007, Professor Wiseman served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Creighton University and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Marquette University, where she was a member of its tenured law faculty for 22 years.
Earlier in her career, President Wiseman served as an Assistant Wisconsin Attorney General with the Criminal Appeals Division and a law clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Warren, deceased Chief Judge for the United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin. She also has served as reporter to the Wisconsin State Bar Committee on Justice and the Judiciary and the State Bar Litigation Section. She was a member of the Wisconsin Task Force on Equal Justice, the Board of Attorneys’ Professional Responsibility and the Board of Bar Examiners. In 1989, then Professor Wiseman received the Wisconsin Civil Liberties Union Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award for her seven-year pro bono representation of Texas death row inmate Billy Conn Gardner, who was executed in 1995. She was also recognized in 2000 as a “Woman of Influence” by the Wisconsin Business Journal, and in 2010, she was recognized as one of the “Most Powerful and Influential” women in Illinois by the National Diversity Council. In 2012, President Wiseman was elected Secretary-Treasurer and then Vice Chair of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities (FIICU). Last year she was appointed by Governor Quinn to the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
President Wiseman has been a member of the Wisconsin State Elections Board and the Board of the Federal Defender Services of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc. Prior to leaving Marquette University in 2002, she received the Spirit of the Law School Award for serving as a role model for a generation of Marquette lawyers, and in April 2003, she was named Marquette University Law Alumna of the Year. Upon leaving her position at Creighton University in 2007, the Christine M. Wiseman, J.D. Scholarship for Disadvantaged Women was named in her honor. She remains Associate Editor of the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology and is co-author of Wisconsin Practice: Criminal Practice & Procedure (West 2008, 2d Ed.) and Punitive Damages: Law and Practice (West 2000). She is an honorary member of both Alpha Sigma Nu and Phi Beta Kappa.