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School Leadership

Jim Datka

Jim Datka

Director of Graduate and Spiritual Support

Office: 414-312-2507


  • BA in English and Education
  • Master in ED

How did you connect to St. Marcus?

I worked here in 2003 as Dean of Students and have been a congregation member since. The job opened up and I came back.

What do you love about what you do?

I love telling alumni about Jesus and love helping them with their education and in their lives.


If you had a Bible passage/quote for your life and ministry what would it be?

Jesus never said it would be easy, but He said it would be worth it. -Matthew 7:13-14

Tell us about your family…

Married for 31 years to my wife, Jeaneen. Have 3 kids: Kate, 25, a teacher at the North Campus, John, 23, a student at Central JR College in MN, and Thomas, 21, a student at Bethany Lutheran College.

“When I have free time, you will find me…”

Biking, hiking, or watching sports on TV.

What’s your favorite vacation spot?

Palm Beach, FL

What’s one fun fact about you?

I played college basketball and I am in the Wisconsin Lutheran College Athletics Hall of Fame.