Marquette University received a $15 million donation from Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World and star of the CNBC reality TV show “The Profit,” who graduated from the Milwaukee school in 1995.
Lemonis was a javelin thrower for the Marquette track team from 1991 to 1995. The school announced the donation of Lemonis and his wife, Bobbi, at its Saturday afternoon men’s basketball game with Butler.
The $15 million donation will fund the renovation of the university’s memorial library, which will now be known as the Lemonis Center for Student Success.
Marquette president Michael Lovell said the center will serve as a hub for students of all majors to have access to all the school resources they need. The center will connect students with a network of advisors and mentors.
“This is the start of our journey for Marquette and the city of Milwaukee,” Lemonis said. “That’s not the statement. It’s the start of a very long paragraph. We’ll look for other opportunities to support Dr. Lovell, the university, the students, and most importantly, the faculty.