"I truly am honored to be here," Barrett said. "I've met Lovell many times and I think he's a great choice for a great university. I can't wait to witness all of his accomplishments."
Barrett is the 40th mayor of Milwaukee and has accomplished a great deal himself during his decade in office. He jokingly comments that the number of presidential inaugurations in he's attended in Milwaukee is one of his greatest mayoral achievements. He declares himself a "seasoned veteran" of the presidential inauguration circuit.
Just three years earlier, Barrett delivered similar regards on behalf of the city at the inauguration of former President Scott Pilarz. Despite the short two-year tenure of the university's previous president, Barrett believes that Lovell possesses the right qualities for long-term success at Marquette.
"I think vision, leadership and the ability to collaborate are the best qualities for any leader, and Lovell's got them all," Barrett said. "He's always had a great track record, and now he has a great school. He just has to put the two together."
Despite 10 years in office and more than three decades in politics, Barrett insists that he has no advice for Lovell as he assumes his position as university president.
"Honestly, I don't think I could give him any advice," Barrett said. "He's doing a great job. He hit the ground running, and all he has to do now is keep it up."