About President Lovell

Dr. Michael R. Lovell is the 24th president of Marquette University. He began his role as president on July 1, 2014.

President Lovell is known for establishing powerful partnerships among academic, industrial and nonprofit sectors. His first year at Marquette was a continuation of those themes and saw the beginning of new initiatives:

  • The Strategic Innovation Fund was established to unleash the pentup energy of faculty, staff and students through what amounts to a multimillion-dollar venture capital fund. It will support new ideas annually.
  • Business and community leaders in Marquette’s immediate neighborhood were brought together to create the Near West Side Partners, a nonprofit focused on strengthening economic development, housing, neighborhood identity and safety.
  • The university committed itself to become the last major tenant of the Global Water Center, joining existing corporations, emerging companies and other universities to work on solving the world’s water-related challenges.
  • Land acquisitions were made southeast of campus to provide space for the athletic performance research center, which will be constructed in the next few years. A portion of the center will be cooperatively designed, built and operated with the Milwaukee Bucks.

President Lovell serves on a variety of boards, including the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium, BizStarts Milwaukee, the Center for International Health, the Milwaukee Education Partnership, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, The Water Council and Scale Up Milwaukee, and on the executive committee of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. In addition, he serves as co-chair of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Milwaukee Succeeds initiative and is a member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee and Innovation in Milwaukee boards.

President Lovell holds three academic degrees in mechanical engineering, including a doctorate, from the University of Pittsburgh. Immediately before assuming the Marquette presidency, he served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee from 2011–14. He earlier held faculty positions at the University of Pittsburgh and University of Kentucky.

President Lovell, his wife, Amy, and their four children are active members of Holy Family Parish in Whitefish Bay, Wis.

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Dr. Michael R. Lovell is the 24th president of Marquette University. A distinguished scholar, researcher, educator and leader, President Lovell holds three academic degrees in mechanical engineering, including a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.

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