A Special Message from Chancellor Lovell

March 26, 2014

Dear UWM Campus Community,

It is with mixed emotions that I would like to inform you that later today I will be introduced as the first lay President of Marquette University, effective August 1, 2014. 

My decision to step down as Chancellor of UW-Milwaukee has been the most difficult one of my professional career.  I know that many of you will be surprised by my decision.  Those closest to me, however, know how important my Catholic faith is in my life, and having the ability to integrate my religious life with my professional life is something that I always wanted to do in my career.

When I accepted the full-time position of Chancellor in 2011, I never anticipated leaving UWM for a position at another university in Wisconsin.  Several months ago, when I was approached by Marquette about its presidency,  I declined because I could not imagine leaving UWM at that time.  But in recent weeks, as several people asked me to keep an open mind, I began to hear a calling to serve at an institution where I could more openly share my Catholic faith.

My decision has been extremely difficult because of my love for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and my tremendous respect for the faculty, staff and students of our campus.  I believe in the core mission of UWM.  Over the past six years, I have had the privilege to serve a great university whose reputation continues to grow both nationally and internationally.  I have publicly stated and firmly believe that UWM has the most innovative and entrepreneurial faculty and staff that I have ever encountered.  Great things are being accomplished at every corner of our campus with minimal resources, and that is a tribute to the strong commitment of our faculty and staff to serve our students and the people of the state of Wisconsin.  Because of the dedication and hard work of our faculty and staff, I could not be prouder to lead UWM, and this is what has made my decision so difficult.

I want you to know that I will continue to serve the university and strongly advocate for more resources for our campus until my term ends this summer.  With the support of UW System President Ray Cross, I will remain at UWM until the end of July so that I can help the campus complete work on several projects that are critical to our future.   Along with finishing the academic plan, strategic plan and new budget model, I will complete my work on the UW System’s Budget Allocation Model Working Group and further the efforts of the UWM Strategic Enrollment Management Council.

In closing, I would like to thank everyone at  UWM for your efforts to make this a great university.  I have been proud to serve as your leader for the last three and a half years, and I am confident that UWM will continue to make significant strides to become a top-tier research university that is a great place to learn and work.  I will continue to promote UWM and spread the word about the great things being accomplished by our campus even after I am no longer Chancellor.  I will also work hard to strengthen and build partnerships between UWM and Marquette, as I believe that by working together, Milwaukee’s two largest four-year academic institutions will help address many of Milwaukee’s problems, drive growth within the region and increase the prestige of both universities.


Michael R. Lovell

Plenary Address

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Michael R. Lovell speaks on "Making Strides Forward" at his Spring 2014 Plenary Address.

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Regent Address

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents meets at UW-Milwaukee every spring. UWM's Chancellor takes this opportunity to outline for the regents the university's strategic initiatives.

Chancellor's campus email updates

Holiday Week Message
November 25, 2013

New Investments In UWM,
  November 8, 2013

Thanks and Best Wishes
December 14, 2012

Celebrating the harvest
November 19, 2012

Compensation update
November 16, 2012

An extraordinary time at UWM
October 24, 2012

Joan Prince Nominated to United Nations Post
September 13, 2012

Welcome to Fall 2013
Sept. 3, 2013

Spotlight on Excellence: Professor Mark Schwartz
May 3, 2012

Spotlight on Excellence: Custodial Services
March 30, 2012

Update on UWM Budget Balances
April 24, 2013

Spotlight on Excellence: Student volunteers
February 28, 2012

Budget Update
February 17, 2012

Message  on Governor's Executive Order
December 19, 2011

Safety Message from UWM Chancellor Lovell
December 13, 2011

UWM Reorganization Announcement
November 22, 2011

Chancellor Lovell testifies against additional budget cuts
November 16, 2011

Inauguration Week: Thank you from Chancellor Lovell
October 17, 2011

Campus update from Interim Chancellor Lovell
May 6, 2011 (PDF)

Campus update from Interim Chancellor Lovell
January 31, 2011

Campus update from Interim Chancellor Lovell
December 10, 2010

Campus update from Interim Chancellor Lovell
November 18, 2010

Campus update from Interim Chancellor Lovell
October 29, 2010

Campus update from Interim Chancellor Lovell
October 15, 2010

From the Chancellor (UWM Report)

Further addressing UWM enrollment management
February 2014

Celebrating alumni and their educators
December 2013

Investing time in the future of our university
November 2013

Learning about our new students and ourselves
October 2013

Looking forward after fifth anniversary
September 2013

In praise of our faculty and staff
June 2013

Lights, camera, action!
May 2013

Stepping back to see our progress
April 2013

Improving student success
March 2013

Building online quantity and quality
February 2013

2012: A groundbreaking year
December 2012

Team Paws: An unbelievable experience
November 2012

Getting a better perspective about UWM
October 2012

Getting the outside perspective about UWM
September 2012

Creating our strategic plan
June 2012

Many ‘best place’ efforts already under way
May 2012

Unlimited opportunities
April 2012

Improving student success
March 2012

In praise of our faculty and staff
February 2012

Monthly Report on WUWM

Each month, UWM Interim Chancellor Michael Lovell sits down for a half-hour conversation with WUWM Director/General Manager Dave Edwards to discuss the latest university initiatives. 

The program, which airs on the first Thursday of each month, is part of the rotation of other university-related programs that are archived under the collective heading of UWM Today.