Dr. Michael R. Lovell is Marquette University’s 24th president, serving since 2014. Under his guidance, Marquette focuses on innovation, entrepreneurship, and community renewal and development — all consistent with the university’s Catholic, Jesuit mission.
President Lovell and his leadership team are transforming the student experience by implementing Marquette’s strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries. A novel Marquette Core Curriculum — at the center of every undergraduate’s educational experience and rooted in Jesuit perspective and values — was implemented in fall 2018. The Campus Master Plan Initiative will integrate academic, physical and financial priorities over the next decade. Projects include The Commons — Marquette’s first newly constructed residence hall in more than 50 years — and the Athletic and Human Performance Research Center, and Physician Assistant Studies Building, both under construction.
The university is transforming the Strategic Innovation Fund, unveiled by President Lovell in 2014, into The Marquette Impact Challenge. It cultivates and funds innovative ideas from students, faculty, and staff, and is partially funded through the Johnson Controls Foundation.
Working with business and community leaders in Marquette’s neighborhood, President Lovell helped create the Near West Side Partners, a nonprofit focused on strengthening economic development, housing, neighborhood identity, and safety. He and his wife, Amy, have formed Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWIM), a community-wide effort addressing impacts of generational trauma.
President Lovell serves as co-chair of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Milwaukee Succeeds initiative and co-chairs Innovation in Milwaukee. Among the organizational boards on which he serves: Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Big East Conference and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. He is a member of the Council on Competitiveness and serves on executive committees of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, Greater Milwaukee Committee, The Water Council and Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, for which he is chair.
Prior to Marquette, he served the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee as chancellor and, earlier, dean of its engineering college. He previously held academic and research leadership positions at the University of Pittsburgh and University of Kentucky.
President Lovell holds three mechanical engineering degrees including a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. He has received awards from the National Science Foundation, SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) and numerous other organizations; is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and National Academy of Inventors; and holds U.S. and world patents.
The Lovells and their four children are members of Holy Family Parish in Whitefish Bay, Wis.