Marquette University President Michael R. Lovell and Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy, were recently named “2019 Milwaukee-area Power Brokers” by the Milwaukee Business Journal.
According to the Business Journal, power brokers are key movers and shakers in the Milwaukee business community — someone whom others turn to when they need to get something done, whether it’s a business deal, community project or fundraising for a cause.
The list was compiled with input from reporters, editors and suggestions from readers. There are 100 people total on list. The first group was announced on Tuesday, Nov. 5, and the second group was shared the following day. All the executives on the lists will be featured in the Business Journal’s Dec. 6 issue, in which there will be more information on why they are considered power brokers.
Lovell has overseen many new initiatives since he joined the Marquette community in 2014. Currently, the university is in its third year of implementing Beyond Boundaries, its strategic plan. Guided by six specific themes, the plan sets in motion a clear strategy for the future and relies on the entire campus community for progress to be made.
Additionally, the new Core Curriculum was implemented in fall 2018. Rooted in Jesuit perspective and values, the Core is at the center of every undergraduate’s educational experience and includes three tiers: Foundations, Discovery and Culminating.
Lovell co-chairs two Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s initiatives: Milwaukee Succeeds and Innovation in Milwaukee. He also serves on several of organizational boards, including the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the Big East Conference and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Lovell is a member of the Council on Competitiveness and serves on executive committees for the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, the Greater Milwaukee Committee and the Water Council. He chairs the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges executive committee.
An award-winning journalist, Gousha explores important public policy issues through his work at the Law School’s Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education. He is the host of the Law School’s “On the Issues” conversation series and has been the sole moderator of numerous political debates held at the Law School, including the final debate of Wisconsin’s historic 2012 recall election for Governor.
Gousha joined Marquette in 2007 after a 25-year career at WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee. During his tenure at WTMJ, Gousha served as lead anchor and host of the popular interview program, Sunday Night.
As a reporter, Gousha has covered a wide array of local, national and international stories. He traveled to El Salvador and Nicaragua in the 1980s to produce an award-winning series on the flight of refugees to Milwaukee. He has covered presidential inaugurations and funerals, reported from six national political conventions, and was the moderator and a panelist at the 2004 Democratic Presidential Debate, which was held on Marquette’s campus.