Dr. Michael R. Lovell

President of Marquette University

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Teaching: Preparing to be Unprepared

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of leading through situations for which they are unprepared: developing action plans, utilizing their basic principles, and leveraging “personal preparedness plans”

“When today’s and tomorrow’s leaders learn from each other – like we will with Forward 

48 – Milwaukee will be the biggest benefactor.” - Dr. Michael Lovell


Michael R. Lovell is president of Marquette University and previously was an academic leader and faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Pittsburgh and University of Kentucky.

Under his guidance, Marquette focuses on innovation, entrepreneurship, and community renewal and development — all consistent with the university’s Catholic, Jesuit mission. Working with business and community leaders in Marquette’s neighborhood, Mike 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. Among his other community commitments are serving as co-chair of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Milwaukee Succeeds initiative, Innovation in Milwaukee and the Council on Competitiveness University Leadership Forum.

The boards on which he serves include the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Big East Conference, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Film.

He serves on executive committees of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, Greater Milwaukee Committee, The Water Council and the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.