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Marquette University names Michael Lovell new president

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Marquette University has tabbed its first lay president in the Jesuit school's 132-year history.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chancellor Michael Lovell has been named the next president at Marquette.

Lovell will replace Fr. Scott R. Pilarz, who unexpectedly announced his resignation in September after two years on the job.

Interim President Fr. Robert Wild will remain in the role until Lovell assumes the new position.

A 2011 change in school bylaws made it possible for a layperson to be selected as long as the person was Catholic.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)