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Historic choice Get acquainted with Marquette’s next president Dr. Michael R. Lovell was unanimously elected the

24th president of Marquette University by the Board of Trustees. He will be the university’s first lay president

when he takes office on Aug. 1, 2014, succeeding Interim President Robert A. Wild, S.J. Lovell was introduced to the university community at a March 26 news conference during which alumnus John Ferraro, Bus Ad ’77, chair of the committee that conducted the nationwide search for the next president, referenced sage advice made long ago by his mother. She told him that sometimes the best thing is found right in front of you. That was an apropos observation with the selection of Lovell, who became chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, a cross-town peer, in 2011. For Lovell, the decision to join Marquette came after deep discernment. He said he has learned to be open to God because He will take you to remarkable places. “As a devout Catholic, my faith has always served as the cornerstone of my life,” he said. “Having the ability to openly share my faith in my professional career is something that I have always wanted to do. I am truly humbled

and excited to become part of the Marquette family at this historic moment. Working with the Jesuit community, faculty, staff, students and alumni, I believe that through its mission to serve others, Marquette can not only make a transformational impact on Milwaukee, but across the globe.” When introducing Lovell to the students, faculty, alumni and friends crowded shoulder to shoulder at the news conference, euphoria with the choice was obvious and best expressed by Board Chair Charles “Chuck” Swoboda, Eng ’89. “This is a historic moment in Marquette’s 133-year tradition as we appoint the first lay president of this great university,” Swoboda said. “Dr. Lovell brings the experience and vision to effectively lead Marquette amidst the challenging dynamics of higher education today. He clearly values the transformative experience

PERSONAL INFORMATION > Dr. Michael R. Lovell Age: 47 Family: Wife, Amy, and four children Hometown:


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