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04/18/2014 Presidential Search Committees to Meet
04/18/2014

The initial meetings of the Presidential Search Outreach and Advisory Committee and the Presidential Search Screening and Selection Committee will be held on Friday, April 25, at Varner Hall, located at 3835 Holdrege Street in Lincoln.

  • The Screening and Selection Committee will meet beginning at 8 a.m. in Room #13 in the lower level of Varner Hall.

  • The Outreach and Advisory Committee will meet beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Board Room in the lower level of Varner Hall.


The agendas for the meetings may be found online.
04/18/2014 Presidential Search Screening and Selection Committee

The Presidential Search Screening and Selection Committee was established by the Board of Regents to review and evaluate application materials, select and interview leading prospects, conduct and/or review reference checks, and recommend to the Board of Regents no fewer than four candidates who agree to become public finalists for the position.

The 13 members of the committee include:

  • Howard Hawks, Board of Regent, District 2, Omaha (Chair)
  • Susie Buffett, Chairman, Sherwood Foundation, Omaha
  • Jeffrey Gold, Chancellor, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Brian Hastings, President and Chief Executive Officer, University of Nebraska Foundation, Lincoln
  • Jordan Koch, Student Regent, University of Nebraska at Omaha, senior majoring in elementary education, Yankton, South Dakota
  • Marjorie Kostelnik, Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Steve Nelson, President, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Axtell
  • Krupa Savalia, Student Regent, University of Nebraska Medical Center, M.D./Ph.D. Scholars Program, West Orange, New Jersey
  • Rob Schafer, Board of Regents, District 5, Beatrice
  • Kent Schroeder, Board of Regents, District 6, Kearney
  • Julie Shaffer, Professor of Biology, College of Natural and Social Sciences, University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Thomas Warren, President, Urban League, Omaha
  • Bob Whitehouse, Board of Regents, District 4, Papillion

The Board also has established a separate Presidential Search Outreach and Advisory Committee to work with the consultants from Isaacson, Miller, the national search firm engaged by the Board, to solicit stakeholder input on issues facing the university and qualities the university should seek in the next president, conduct a broad and inclusive search, seek nominations and applications for the position, and determine how well potential candidates meet criteria established by the Board.

Final selection of the next president will be made by the Board of Regents following university visits and public forums by the finalists that will provide opportunities for Nebraska citizens and university constituents to meet the candidates and provide feedback to the Board.

04/18/2014 Presidential Search Outreach and Advisory Committee

The Presidential Search Outreach and Advisory Committee was established by the Board of Regents to work with the consultants from Isaacson, Miller, the national search firm engaged by the Board, to solicit stakeholder input on issues facing the university and qualities the university should seek in the next president, conduct a broad and inclusive search, seek nominations and applications for the position, and determine how well potential candidates meet criteria established by the Board.

The 21 members of the committee include:

  • Tim Clare, Board of Regents, District 1, Lincoln (Co-chair)
  • Bob Phares, Board of Regents, District 7, North Platte (Co-chair)
  • Renaisa Anthony, Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Deputy Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Gail Baker, Dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Juan Casas, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Hal Daub, Board of Regents, District 8, Omaha
  • Herbert O. (Dele) Davies, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Helen Abbott Feller, President of Churn Thoroughbred Farm, Inc., Wisner
  • Ronnie Green, Vice President of Agriculture, University of Nebraska and Vice Chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Barry Kennedy, President of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lincoln
  • Kevin Knudson, Student Regent, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, junior majoring in political science, Omaha
  • John Massey, Director and President of J.G. Elliott Insurance Center and member of the Board of Directors of the University of Nebraska Foundation and Foundation Trustee, Scottsbluff
  • Dawn Mollenkopf, Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education, College of Education, University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Joseph Oravecz, Dean of the Division of Student Affairs, University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Tonn Ostergard, President and CEO of Crete Carrier Corporation and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the University of Nebraska Foundation, Lincoln
  • Harvey Perlman, Chancellor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Jim Pillen, Board of Regents, District 3, Columbus
  • Connor Schulte, Student Regent, University of Nebraska at Kearney, junior majoring in advertising and public relations, Kearney
  • Judy Walker, Aaron Douglas Professor and Chairperson of Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Charles (Chuck) Wilson, retired physician and former member of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, Lincoln
  • Gail Walling Yanney, retired physician, community volunteer and philanthropist, Omaha

The Board has also established a separate Presidential Search Screening and Selection committee which will review and evaluate application materials, select and interview leading prospects, conduct and/or review reference checks, and recommend to the Board of Regents no fewer than four candidates who agree to become public finalists for the position.

Final selection of the next president will be made by the Board of Regents following university visits and public forums by the finalists that will provide opportunities for Nebraska citizens and university constituents to meet the candidates and provide feedback to the Board.

03/19/2014 A message from Board of Regents Chairman Howard Hawks on the presidential search

A message from Board of Regents Chairman Howard Hawks on the presidential search

As you know, President James B. Milliken has accepted the position of chancellor of the City University of New York and soon will be leaving Nebraska. I’m very pleased to tell you that at our meeting on Friday, the Board of Regents will consider the appointment of James Linder, M.D., of Omaha, as interim president, effective May 3, 2014.

Dr. Linder is very familiar with the university, having served in faculty and administrative positions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and in the Office of the President on a full- or part-time basis for more than 30 years. Currently, he is senior associate to the president for innovation and economic competitiveness and president of the University Technology Development Corporation. He also recently chaired the successful search for the new UNMC chancellor.

Dr. Linder holds an appointment as professor of pathology and microbiology at UNMC, where he received his medical degree and has served on the faculty since 1983. During that time, he has held a number of administrative positions, including vice chair of pathology, director of surgical pathology and cytopathology, associate dean for academic affairs, interim dean of the College of Medicine, associate vice chancellor for research and CEO of UNeMed. He also has extensive experience in the private sector.

Dr. Linder is widely published and holds multiple patents. He and his wife, Karen Linder, founded and manage Linseed Capital, which supports early-stage startup companies in the Midwest.

The Board of Regents considered several outstanding candidates for interim president, and Dr. Linder emerged as our consensus top choice to lead the university during this period of transition. He is deeply committed to our mission to serve Nebraskans through teaching, research and service, and he understands how important it is to maintain the momentum each campus is experiencing today because of your hard work. We believe he will do an excellent job.

Dr. Linder will spend the month of April working closely with President Milliken to help ensure a smooth transition. We expect him to remain interim president until the national search is successfully completed and the new president begins. He and the Board have mutually agreed that he will not be a candidate for the permanent position.

Much work remains for my colleagues on the Board and me as we continue the presidential search. President Milliken will be difficult to replace, but we are committed to finding the right person who can build on the University of Nebraska’s impressive trajectory. We hope you will continue to provide us your feedback on the search at www.nebraska.edu/presidentsearch.

Thank you for your commitment and contribution to the success of the University of Nebraska.

Sincerely,

Howard L. Hawks
Chair
Board of Regents

03/11/2014 Applications, Inquiries and Nominations

The University of Nebraska recruits and encourages individuals, regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or religious beliefs. Acceptance of applications, inquiries, and nominations will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Applicants are encouraged to send a detailed letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for five references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Electronic correspondence is strongly preferred. Inquiries and nominations may be submitted to the same e-mail address or one can contact the search firm representatives at the address or phone number listed below.

im David Bellshaw and Bernard Jones
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.655.4900
Fax: 415.655.4905

The University of Nebraska is an Affirmative Action / Equal Employment Opportunity employer, which seeks and encourages expression of interest from minorities and groups traditionally under represented.

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02/06/2013 Steering Committee / Executive Committee
The Online Worldwide Steering Committee, appointed by the President in consultation with Chancellors, includes the Distance Education Director at each campus and representatives of key stakeholder organizations within the University. The Steering Committee will provide advice on budgeting and strategic planning, and may recommend changes in distance education fees and financial protocols and other policies. On operational issues, the Steering Committee functions in an advisory capacity. When addressing policy and procedure issues, especially on new policies or revisions to existing policies, the steering committee will vote and their approval will be used to send the policy up to a higher level as needed.


Committee Members
Name Campus Title
Mary Niemiec* CA Assoc. Vice President for Distance Education, Director, Online Worldwide
Gloria Vavricka* UNK Director, eCampus
Kenya Taylor UNK Dean, Graduate Studies/Research
Marie Barber* UNL Executive Director, Office of Online & Distance Education
Chris Marvin UNL Assoc. Professor, Advisor/Coordinator of Early Childhood Special Education
Alan Cerveny UNL Dean of Academic Services and Enrollment Management
Alice Schumaker UNMC COPH Health Services Res & Admin
Juliann Sebastian UNMC Dean, College of Nursing
Jan Tompkins* UNMC Director of Academic/Student Affairs, School of Allied Health
Lanyce Keel* UNO Director of Academic Computing, Academic Partnerships for Instruction
David Boocker UNO Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

*Executive Committee - distance education director from each campus
02/06/2013 Letter to Parents
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Dear parent: 

We are writing to let you know of a security breach that may affect your personal information.

On Wednesday night, May 23, an unauthorized individual gained access to the University of Nebraska’s student information system. The system contains Social Security numbers, date of birth and addresses for current and past students, and also for students who applied to the University of Nebraska but did not enroll.

If your son or daughter applied for admission to the University of Nebraska within the last three years, their personal information is in our system.  If your son or daughter applied for federal financial aid (FAFSA) and were required to include parent data, or if you applied for a PLUS loan, your personal and financial information is also included in the system. No credit card information is stored in the system. A small number of individuals also had bank account information associated with their account; those individuals have already been notified.    

We are working with authorities and an outside security firm to help analyze the level of risk of personal information being misappropriated and to make recommendations for any additional safeguards that are needed. Authorities have identified a student who they believe was responsible for this incident. Police have seized computers and related equipment and that equipment is undergoing analysis by law enforcement authorities.

What you can do now

1.        We recommend that you contact one of the three primary credit reporting agencies to place a free Initial Security Alert (90-day) to your credit report. This can be done online or via phone and will alert you to any attempt to establish or extend credit in your name. The three companies are TransUnion (“Initial Fraud Alert”) (800) 680-7289, Experian (“Initial Security Alert”) (888) 397-3742 or Equifax (“Initial 90-day Fraud Alert”) (800) 525-6285. You need only register with one agency and the others will be alerted.

2.        Follow updates on the situation and access additional resources, including a video on using fraud alerts, at our website: http://nebraska.edu/security. In addition, you can submit questions and comments regarding this incident at the website. We will monitor these comments and respond to all questions submitted as quickly as possible.

3.        A telephone service center has been opened to respond to questions and concerns from those whose personal information may be vulnerable. You may call the center from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST Monday through Saturday at 888-215-4321.

We appreciate your patience as we work through this difficult situation.

02/06/2013 Letter to Applicants
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Dear student:

We are writing to let you know of a security breach that may affect your personal information.

On Wednesday night, May 23, a security breach of the University of Nebraska’s student information system, was detected.  The system contains Social Security numbers, date of birth and address for current and past students, and also for students who applied to the University of Nebraska but did not enroll.    

If you applied for federal financial aid through the FAFSA process and identified one of the University of Nebraska campuses (UNL, UNO, UNK, UNMC, NCTA) to receive the results in the last three years, your personal information such as Social Security number and date of birth is stored in the University of Nebraska’s student information system. You may have been required to include parent data on the FAFSA as a part of the application process. If so, their information is included as well in our system. A small number of individuals also had bank account information associated with their account; those individuals have already been notified.

We are working with authorities and an outside security firm to help analyze the level of risk of personal information being misappropriated and to make recommendations for any additional safeguards that are needed. Authorities have identified an individual who they believe was responsible for this incident. Police have seized computers and related equipment and that equipment is undergoing analysis.

What you can do now

1.        We recommend that you contact one of the three primary credit reporting agencies to place a free Initial Security Alert (90-day) to your credit report. This can be done online or via phone and will alert you to any attempt to establish or extend credit in your name. The three companies are TransUnion (“Initial Fraud Alert”) (800) 680-7289, Experian (“Initial Security Alert”) (888) 397-3742 or Equifax (“Initial 90-day Fraud Alert”) (800) 525-6285. You need only register with one agency and the others will be alerted.

2.        Follow updates on the situation and access additional resources, including a video on using fraud alerts, at our website: http://nebraska.edu/security. In addition, you can submit questions and comments regarding this incident at the website. We will monitor these comments and respond to all questions submitted as quickly as possible.

3.        A telephone service center has been opened to respond to questions and concerns from those whose personal information may be vulnerable. You may call the center from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST Monday through Saturday at 888-215-4321.


We appreciate your patience as we work through this difficult situation.

02/06/2013 Letter to NU students
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Dear University of Nebraska student:

On Wednesday night, May 23, a security breach of NeSIS, the university-wide student information system, was detected. NeSIS (known as MyRed at UNL and NCTA, MyBlue at UNK, mavlink at UNO and myrecords at UNMC) contains Social Security numbers, date of birth, address, grades, financial aid and housing information for current students. If you filed for federal financial aid in the last three years and were required to provide parent personal or financial information on the FAFSA, the parent’s information is included in the system.

We are working with authorities and an outside security firm to help analyze the level of risk of personal information being misappropriated and to make recommendations for any additional safeguards that are needed.

Authorities have identified an individual who they believe was responsible for the recent security breach. UNL Police have seized computers and related equipment and that equipment is undergoing analysis.

What you can do now

  1. We recommend that you contact one of the three primary credit reporting agencies to place a free Initial Security Alert (90-day) to your credit report. This can be done online or via phone and will alert you to any attempt to establish or extend credit in your name. The three companies are TransUnion (“ Fraud Alert”) (800) 680-7289, Experian (“Initial Security Alert”) (888) 397-3742 or Equifax (“90-day Fraud Alert”) (800) 525-6285. You need only register with one agency and the others will be alerted.
  2. If you have a bank account associated with your student information account, you should have already received an advisory notice. Monitor your bank accounts carefully and report any suspicious activity to your financial institution immediately.
  3. Follow updates on the situation and access additional resources, including a video on using fraud alerts, at our website:http://nebraska.edu/security. In addition, you can submit questions and comments regarding this incident at the website. We will monitor these comments and respond to all questions submitted as quickly as possible.
  4. A telephone service center will be instituted in the future to assist employees, students, parents and alumni whose personal information may be at risk. Check the website for information on contacting the service center.

We appreciate your patience as we work through this difficult situation.

02/06/2013 Letter to NU employees
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On Wednesday night, May 23, a security breach of NeSIS, the university-wide student information system, was detected. NeSIS contains Social Security numbers and date of birth for all employees. When the initial announcement was made Friday evening, it was unclear that employee data was included.

At this time, we have no direct evidence that this information was downloaded and we have no reports of identity theft stemming from this breach. We are working with an outside security firm to help analyze the level of risk of personal information being misappropriated and to make recommendations for any additional safeguards that are needed.

What you can do now
  1. We recommend that you contact one of the three primary credit reporting agencies to place a free Initial Security Alert (90-day) to your credit report. This can be done online or via phone and will alert you to any attempt to establish or extend credit in your name.

    The three companies are TransUnion ("Initial Fraud Alert"), Experian ("Initial Security Alert") or Equifax ("Initial 90-day Fraud Alert"). You need only register with one agency and the others will be alerted.
  2. Bank account information for most employees is not stored in the NeSIS database and no credit card data is stored in the database; however, we suggest you monitor your bank accounts carefully and report any suspicious activity to your financial institution immediately. Employees who are in the database in another capacity – as students, parents or alumni, for example – will be notified if they have a bank account associated with their NeSIS account.
  3. Follow updates on the situation and access additional resources, including a video on using fraud alerts, at our website: http://nebraska.edu/security. In addition, you can submit questions and comments regarding this incident at the website. We will monitor these comments and respond to all questions submitted as quickly as possible.
  4. A telephone service center will be instituted in the future to assist employees, students, parents and alumni whose personal information may be at risk. Check the website for information on contacting the service center.
  5. We appreciate your patience as we work through this difficult situation.

02/06/2013 Notification to bank account holders
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The University of Nebraska sent the following email on Saturday to individuals with bank accounts associated with the Nebraska Student Information System.

You are receiving this letter because you have an account in the University of Nebraska Student Information System (NeSIS), the electronic database of student and alumni records.

On May 23, 2012, University personnel detected a security breach in the system indicating that an unauthorized individual had gained high-level access to the restricted database. This was a sophisticated and skilled attack on our system. Information in the system includes Social Security numbers, any bank account information associated with the NeSIS account, and personal and academic data. Our records indicate that you have a bank account that is associated with your NeSIS account, so we are writing to notify you of this breach and to advise you to monitor your bank accounts over the next several weeks and report any suspicious activity to your financial institution.

As a precaution, you may also want to consider action to minimize your potential risk of identity theft such as placing a fraud alert on your consumer credit file. By doing so, you let creditors know to watch for unusual or suspicious activity, such as someone attempting to open a new credit card account in your name. You may also wish to consider placing a security freeze on your accounts by writing to the credit bureaus. A security freeze means that your credit history cannot be seen by potential creditors, insurance companies or employers doing background checks unless you give consent. Contact information for the credit bureaus can be found on the website noted below.

At this time there is no clear evidence that any information was downloaded; we are sending you this notice out of an abundance of caution. We are working with law enforcement and forensics experts on this issue and will provide updated information online at http://nebraska.edu/security.

The University of Nebraska takes the protection of student and alumni information very seriously. Keeping our systems and data secure is a high priority, and security experts will help us reconstruct this incident, identify limitations in our system and put new safeguards in place.  We deeply regret any concern or inconvenience this incident may cause you.

Sincerely,

Joshua Mauk
Information Security Officer
University of Nebraska
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