Search committee will find finalists for UWM chancellor job

University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross appointed a 27-member search and screen committee to help identify a successor to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chancellor Michael Lovell, who announced on March 26 that he had will become president of Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Cross appointed 14 UW-Milwaukee faculty members, two academic staff members, two classified staff members and two students. They will be joined by two administrators and five community representatives. Dr. Mark Schwartz, a distinguished professor in UWM’s Geography Department, will chair the committee.

The community members who will serve on the committee include: Michele Bria, CEO, Journey House; David Lubar, president and CEO, Lubar & Co.; José Olivieri, partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP; Paula Penebaker, president and CEO, YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin; and Edward Zore, board of trustees, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. Inc.

Following a national search and an intensive screening process, the committee is expected to recommend no fewer than five candidates as finalists for consideration by the UW System president and a special Board of Regents committee, chaired by Regent President Michael Falbo of Hartland. Other members of the committee include Regent José Delgado (Brookfield), Regent Margaret Farrow (Pewaukee), Regent Eve Hall (Milwaukee) and Regent Charles Pruitt (Milwaukee).

After a series of public presentations and personal interviews, the UW System president and the Regent committee will recommend one individual to the full board, which must approve the appointment.

The campus search committee will convene for the first time at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 8, in Room 240 of the UWM Union.

Lovell has served as the university’s top administrator since 2010.

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