MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross today announced that Mark Mone [MO-knee] will serve as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee interim chancellor following the departure of Chancellor Michael R. Lovell next month. Lovell announced on March 26 that he had been named the first lay president of Marquette University in Milwaukee.
Mone is a professor of management within the UWM Lubar School of Business and for the past two years has served as the Chancellor’s Designee for Strategic Planning and Campus Climate. The latter is a cabinet-level appointment in which Mone works with the university’s senior leadership and governance groups, and all university stakeholders to develop UWM’s 2020 strategic plan, and develop and implement university-wide programs to improve organizational climate (collectively known as Best Place to Work).
Mone has been a member of the UWM faculty since 1989, serving for more than 15 years as the Lubar School of Business Associate Dean for Executive Education and Business Engagement. His responsibilities involved external relations for the Lubar school, including partnerships with business, medical, legal, government, and not-for profit organizations. Mone was responsible for the Executive MBA program, the longest running program of its kind in Wisconsin; career services; and other financial and marketing functions.
“Mark’s academic credentials, leadership experiences, industry background, and long-term tenure with UW-Milwaukee make him an excellent choice for interim chancellor,” said Cross. “Mark has been actively involved in developing UWM’s 2020 strategic plan. The relationships he has built in this effort, together with his extensive knowledge of the university and wider community, will keep UWM’s significant research and academic initiatives moving on an upward trajectory.”
Cross will work with the Board of Regents and the UW-Milwaukee community to begin a national search for the university’s next chancellor, aiming to have a permanent appointment made by Jan. 1, 2015. That process will commence when Cross appoints a search-and-screen committee comprised of UW-Milwaukee faculty, academic staff, classified staff, students, and community representatives. That committee will lead the search and recommend a slate of finalists for consideration by Cross and a special committee of Regents.
“I greatly appreciate this opportunity to continue to advance current UWM initiatives,” said Mone. “Under the heading of ‘Moving Forward Together,’ I intend to work with all constituencies to complete and begin implementing our strategic plan, continue work on strengthening student enrollment and educational quality, further engage our university partners through research, education and service, and identify and obtain additional resources for our campus.”
Mone holds a Ph.D. in management (organizational behavior and organization theory) from Washington State University, a master of business administration degree from Idaho State University, and a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Central Washington University.
As Wisconsin’s premier public urban institution, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee enjoys a growing national reputation for excellence in research, teaching and community engagement. On an operating budget of $705 million, it educates more than 27,000 students and is an engine of innovation for Southeastern Wisconsin. The 104-acre main campus and satellite sites are located in the economic and cultural heart of the state. The university’s recent expansion includes new academic and research facilities and the creation of the only School of Freshwater Sciences in the United States and the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health.