Marquette University searched far and wide for its next president but ultimately found him across town.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chancellor Michael Lovell was unanimously elected the 24th president of Marquette by the university's board of trustees at a special meeting Wednesday. He is the first lay president in the Jesuit school's 133-year history, and will have only about a 10-minute drive between campuses during the transition.
Lovell, 47, will succeed Interim President Father Robert A. Wild and take office Aug. 1.Lovell's new salary has not been released; he received a $10,000 raise from the UW System in November to boost his salary there to $343,505.