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Chancellor to leave UW-Milwaukee earlier than expected

MILWAUKEE (WSAU-Wheeler News)  The second-largest campus in the U-W System will lose its chancellor earlier than expected. Outgoing Milwaukee chancellor Mike Lowell will leave on May 31st, instead of August first as originally planned.

Lowell is moving his office across town, as he becomes the first lay president in the history of the Jesuit Marquette University.

Yesterday the U-W named Milwaukee associate business school dean Mark Mone as the school's interim chancellor. He has played a major role in drafting the U-W-M strategic plan. System President Ray Cross says the plan is far enough along for Mone to complete it while he fills in as the school's top leader.

Lovell said he was hoping to wrap up several projects at the Milwaukee campus, including the strategic plan. But he says he has lots of vacation to use up -- and he's not sure when he'll start at Marquette. Lovell was Milwaukee's interim chancellor for eight months before he won the job permanently, and kept it for three-and-a-half years. The 54-year-old Mone says he's not sure if he'll take the same path.