Aaron Sadoff Appointed Marian University’s 18th President

The Marian University Board of Trustees and Marian University’s sponsor, the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, are pleased to announce that Aaron Sadoff has been appointed the 18th president of Marian University.  He will succeed Dr. Michelle Majewski, who retired after 37 years of service to the university, including four years as president.

President-elect Sadoff comes from the Fond du Lac Area Foundation, where he was executive director since 2022, supporting community growth and philanthropy through managing 540 funds with over $68 million in assets.  Sadoff, a native of Fond du Lac, is excited to expand his role at Marian.  He served as a Marian Board of Trustees member and he is a two-time alumnus.  He received his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Marian in 2001 and his Superintendent Licensure Certificate through Marian’s Educational Doctoral program in 2011.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Education and History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“I love Marian University, its core mission to serve, and the Fond du Lac community,” said Sadoff. “There are significant challenges in higher education and incredible opportunities. Working together, I believe we can transform Fond du Lac into a university town, where Marian University not only continues to provide a world-class education, but is a thriving hub of culture and entertainment, providing a community environment based on Catholic ideals focused on service, community, and learning.”

Some highlights of Sadoff’s career include:

  • Superintendent of the North Fond du Lac School District for 13 years, with over 1,500

students, 200 employees.  He helped lead three successful referendums, which included over $48 million in facility improvements.  He was the 2019 Wisconsin State Superintendent of the Year.

  • Principal and Educator in Wisconsin for 12 years, including three years as principal at Bessie Allen Middle School in North Fond du Lac, and nine years teaching everything from World Geography and Civics to Intro to Psychology and AP Psychology at Fond du Lac High School, Woodworth Middle School in Fond du Lac, and Lincoln High School in Manitowoc.
  • Past Board Member of Envision Greater Fond du Lac, the Children’s Museum, the Volunteer Center, and a Wisconsin representative to the Governing Board of the Association of American School Administrators.
  • Professional presenter and TEDx speaker on Happiness and the Power of Positive Psychology.

Sadoff is an Army Gulf War veteran, who served as a Cavalry Scout from 1990-92.  He and his wife of 29 years, Kelly, have three adult children, Paige, Lilly, and Ethan.

“Aaron Sadoff is a leader with a proven track record of helping students, as well as faculty and staff grow professionally and personally,” said David Klumpyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Marian University.  “In addition, he brings valuable connections from his involvement on many boards and in civic organizations that will contribute to the economic prosperity of both Marian University and the Fond du Lac community.”

Dr. Majewski will continue with Marian University in a transitionary role until the start date for Mr. Sadoff on June 1, 2024.  Dr. Majewski, who has a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, had retired in 2018, but was recruited to return as acting president in April of 2020 and then named Marian’s 17th president 7 months later.  Throughout her Marian career, she has been a full-time faculty member, chairperson, dean, and professor emerita.

“President Majewski has led Marian with grit and determination, in the spirit of Marian’s founders, the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes.  She leaves Marian on a solid financial foundation, raising over $15 million in major financial gifts for the university, including $12 million in funding retirement of all university debt, several gifts of $500,000 – $1 million, and a recent $1.049 million in Congressionally-directed spending for equipment for STEM-related majors,” said Klumpyan.

Marian University is sponsored by the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, a group of pioneering sisters who founded the university in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in 1936. The university has a rich tradition of dedication to the education of the whole person and offers a variety of undergraduate, master’s, and adult learning degrees at its main campus and online.