About President Lovell

Dr. Michael R. Lovell is the 24th president of Marquette University, joining the university on July 1, 2014. Under his guidance, Marquette is focusing on innovation, entrepreneurship, and community renewal and development — all consistent with the university’s Catholic, Jesuit mission.

Along with his leadership team, Dr. Lovell is working toward implementing Marquette’s strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries, coordinating it with new plans for academic programs and campus infrastructure. The Core of Common Studies Revision Project is improving undergraduate education, and the Campus Master Plan Initiative is integrating academic, physical and financial priorities and will serve as a road map for Marquette’s capital projects during the next decade.

Internally, the university has created the Strategic Innovation Fund to discover and develop the ideas of faculty, staff and students. Through the first two cycles of the fund, $6 million has been committed to proposals. Among the innovative projects on the horizon is an athletic performance research center being designed with the input of major partners, including Aurora Health Care and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Externally, business and community leaders in Marquette’s immediate neighborhood have come together to create the Near West Side Partners, a nonprofit focused on strengthening economic development, housing, neighborhood identity and safety. The university also became the last major tenant of the Global Water Center, joining existing corporations, emerging companies and other universities at the site so Marquette students, faculty and staff can help solve the world’s waterrelated challenges.

President Lovell 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. In addition, he is a member of the boards of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, The Water Council, Near West Side Partners, Mid-West Energy Research Consortium, BizStarts Milwaukee, Center for International Health, Milwaukee Education Partnership, and Scale Up Milwaukee, and on the executive committee of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.

President Lovell holds three academic degrees in mechanical engineering, including a doctorate, from the University of Pittsburgh. He, his wife, Amy, and their four children are members of Holy Family Parish in Whitefish Bay, Wis.

President Lovell


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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