Reflecting what the UW System president calls a "cultural evolution" that has transformed universities into drivers of local economies, the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his family will soon move to a stone Tudor mansion bought last week by the school's private foundation.
The nearly $1 million purchase a stone's throw from campus is a business investment at a time of reduced state funding, with chancellors across the state increasingly being called to entertain potential business and research partners, and woo private donors.
Adding a special twist, the purchase - made exclusively with private donations and proceeds from the sale of a former official chancellor residence in Shorewood - comes at a time when the university's relationship with its neighbors is strained over complaints about disruptive student behavior. Neighbors say they're putting up with more loud house parties at duplexes and apartments, and students causing a ruckus on their way to North Ave. bars at night.
Chancellor Michael Lovell's move from a home he owns in Whitefish Bay to the new Lake Drive residence on Milwaukee's east side could help mend fences - he's a devoted runner who no doubt will be visible in the neighborhood. In addition, city officials hope it will encourage other UWM staff and faculty to move nearby.