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,
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
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
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.