Board of Advisors


The University of Saint Mary of the Lake benefits from the insights and assistance provided by its Advisory Board. This board plays a role in advising and supporting university officials in various areas. It aids in the promotion of the university’s presence not only within the Archdiocese but also in wider contexts, while also advancing mission. In addition to this, the Advisory Board is a valuable resource for matters related to budgeting, finance, legal considerations, and management practices. Their consultation ensures the university’s growth, sustainability, and effective operation.

2024 USML Board of Advisors
2024 USML Board of Advisors


Cardinal Blase Cupich


Office of the Archbishop of Chicago

Very Rev. John Kartje

Rector / President

Office of the Rector/President

Brian Schmisek

Provost and Cardinal George Chair of Faith and Culture

Office of the Provost

Jim Heinen

Chief Operations Officer

Office of the Chief Operations Officer

John Lehocky

Senior Vice President Financial Operations

Office of the Chief Operations Officer

Mary Kelly

Vice President of Development & Marketing

Office of the Provost