Marquette reaches settlement with lesbian scholar over rescinded deanship offer
June 11, 2010
Marquette University has reached a financial settlement with a lesbian professor who had accepted an offer to serve as dean at Marquette, then seen the offer rescinded amid controversy over her open rejection of Church teachings.
Jodi O'Brien, who currently teaches at Jesuit-run Seattle University, accepted the settlement from Marquette, saying that she hoped the net result of the experience would advance "research and education regarding issues of gender and sexuality." The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Marquette's president, Father Robert Wild, praised O'Brien for "the graciousness with which she has handled this matter."