More than three years ago, President Michael R. Lovell and the leadership of Marquette University recognized looming challenges and shared their concern with the Board of Trustees and the Marquette community.
More than 450 faculty, staff and students participated in an event called "Think Different, Act Different to go Beyond Boundaries" in November 2019 in the Alumni Memorial Union's Monaghan Ballroom. The purpose of the event was to respond by addressing the headwinds facing higher education.
Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the university has also taken several temporary mitigating actions to address its financial challenges. These include: merit suspension; 403(b) suspension; furloughs; operating budget reductions; and voluntary retirement programs for staff and faculty.