A native of Wisconsin, born in Minocqua in 1939, Mr. Bolger received a BA from Marquette University in 1961. He went to St. Louis University for an MA and PhL in 1966 and received a JD degree cum Laude from Northwestern University in 1971. He joined the law firm of Quarles & Brady where he practiced law for over 20 years. After a national search, Mr. Bolger was appointed as President of the Medical College in May 1990. Prior to that, he had been associated with the College for more than 20 years as legal counsel as a partner at Quarles and Brady. During Mr. Bolgers tenure, the Medical College of Wisconsin experienced a 1,482 percent increase in endowment and a 275 percent increase in faculty positions. Bolger oversaw the expansion of the school through construction of the College's Health Research Center, the Translational and Biomedical Research Center and the Cardiovascular Center/Anesthesiology research laboratories. He fostered stronger affiliations with Marquette University, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Froedtert Hospital, the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center to forge partnerships that better serve the community. Mr. Bolger was recognized as an expert in health law and for his civic leadership. Some of his numerous awards include Alpha Sigma Nu (National Jesuit Honor Society), Marquette University Alumnus of the Year, and the Spirit of Milwaukee Award from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Civic Alliance. During his twenty years as President of the Medical College of Wisconsin he participated as President, Director and member of multiple organizations. Mr. Bolger and wife Virginia (Ginny) have one daughter and one son with four grandchildren. He and his wife were honored as Parents of the Year by the Childrens Outing Association in 2004.
Sources: "Engbring, Norman H. An Anchor for the Future: a history of the Medical College of Wisconsin,
1893-1990. Medical College of Wisconsin, 1991. p. 409" ; "Presidential Inauguration Bulletin for Mr. Bolger. Medical College of Wisconsin, 1990. Available at MCW Libraries." ; "Bolger to Retire as Medical College President, Alumni News – Medical College of Wisconsin. Fall 2009."