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 rising up to lead Marquette through one of the most pivotal times for this country, when it is simultaneously facing national crises in health, the economy and racial injustice. Serving as a foundation for Marquette’s response is its strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries. At the center of every undergraduate’s educational experience and rooted in Jesuit perspective and values is the Marquette Core Curriculum, implemented in fall 2018 and undergoing continual reevaluation. The Campus Master Plan Initiative is integrating academic, physical and financial priorities over the next decade.
The university has transformed the Strategic Innovation Fund, unveiled by President Lovell in 2014, into the two-track Marquette Impact Challenge. It continues to cultivate and fund innovative ideas from students, faculty and staff with a desire to involve community organizations. It has further expanded the President’s Challenge track to encourage community-focused responses to the coronavirus pandemic.
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. The organizational boards on which he serves include: Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Big East Conference and Children’s 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, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and numerous other organizations; is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and National Academy of Inventors; and holds U.S. and global patents.
The Lovells and their four children are members of Holy Family Parish in Whitefish Bay, Wis.