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Mark Mone

Nonprofits and Education
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee | Milwaukee

Mark Mone has led the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the state’s second-largest university, since 2014. Under Mone’s leadership, UWM first attained and has maintained its “R1” designation, the highest research rating given by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. In 2018, two UW campuses – Waukesha and Washington County – were adopted by UWM as part of a system-wide consolidation. Today, UWM has 24,000 students across its three campuses and an operating budget of $674 million. A comprehensive, $251 million fundraising campaign has helped fund a host of campus construction projects during Mone’s tenure. Mone is a co-creator of the Higher Education Regional Alliance and co-founder of the M-cubed initiative with Milwaukee Public Schools and Milwaukee Area Technical College.  

Education: Bachelor’s, Central Washington University; MBA, Idaho State University; doctorate, Washington State University  

Career advice: “Emotional intelligence, especially self-awareness, humility and empathy, will take you far. What I lack in intelligence, I hope to make up for in interpersonal skills and working to create high-performing, successful teams.”  

Business leaders you’d like to have dinner with: “Satya Nadella, a great humanitarian and highly successful technology and business leader. (The late) Herb Kohler, legendary visionary with a passion for gracious living, seeing around corners and having huge impact.”  

Fun fact: “I had six cars in high school, and I rebuilt engines, painted them and enjoyed taking care of others’ cars.”  

Top of your bucket list: “Riding across the USA on bicycle.”  

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