MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Marquette University has named University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chancellor Michael Lovell as its new president.
Lovell will be the first layman to lead the 133-year-old Jesuit university. His selection comes after the university's trustees changed its bylaws in 2011 to allow a non-Jesuit to serve as president.
Marquette announced Lovell's hiring Wednesday following a meeting of its board of trustees.
Lovell earned $343,500 as chancellor at UW-Milwaukee.
Statement from UW System on UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mike Lovell’s appointment as President of Marquette University
UW System President Ray Cross:
“Mike Lovell is someone for whom I have the deepest regard as both a valued friend and trusted colleague. It may have started with our shared background as engineers, but it goes far beyond that. I respect his leadership and value his wisdom and counsel.
“In a time of considerable challenges, Mike has shown an unwavering commitment to UW-Milwaukee’s core mission of being a major research institution while also providing access to a diverse population of Wisconsin residents. He has played a vital role in helping to grow a culture of innovation and entrepreneurism that makes UW-Milwaukee a compelling destination for students and faculty, as well as an attractive partner for business collaborations. Mike has raised the university’s profile for research and innovation across the state and around the globe. He is a terrific leader, with great insight, integrity, and energy.
“Marquette University, the state’s largest Catholic four-year institution, clearly sees in Mike many of the same things I do. I know that he will be a great asset to Marquette.
“I look forward to collaborating with Mike in his new role. Together, I am confident that we will continue to do great things for Milwaukee, the state, and for our universities.”
UW System Board of Regents President Michael Falbo:
“From its earliest days, and especially over the past 15 years, UW-Milwaukee has had vital, active, and engaged chancellors in Nancy Zimpher, Carlos Santiago, and Mike Lovell, who have each contributed immeasurably to the expanded opportunities the university provides. Building on their strong legacies, UW-Milwaukee will continue to deliver on its promise of powerful ideas and proven results.
“We wish Mike Lovell, his wife Amy, and their family all the best.”