Welcome to the University of Nebraska. Our goal is to be the best public university in the country as measured by how well we serve the people of our state. We achieve that by providing affordable access to a high quality education, a robust research enterprise that creates new knowledge and new jobs for Nebraska, and a statewide outreach effort that serves people in each of Nebraska’s 93 counties.
Our four campuses provide an excellent, affordable education to students from across the state and around the world. I encourage you to visit and see first-hand what a great experience students have at the University of Nebraska. The momentum on each of our campuses is exceptional – with steady growth in enrollment, an increasing level of talent in the student body, and new classrooms, residence halls and recreational space.
The faculty of the University of Nebraska is among the best in the country. The caliber of teaching and research activity continues to increase, with significant research in areas that are important to our state, and to the world – water and climate, agriculture, alternative energy, transportation, and nanotechnology, as well as promising medical research in cancer, diabetes, obesity, aging and neurodegenerative diseases.
Across the state, a network of extension offices, business development programs, health care services, education and outreach programs, and centers for the fine and performing arts bring the resources of the university to the people of Nebraska.
The University of Nebraska has proudly served the state since 1869. I invite you to learn more about the programs and services of your university and to contact me with your concerns or questions.
James B. Milliken
James B. Milliken
President, University of Nebraska
Office of the President
Lincoln, NE 68583
James B. ("J.B.") Milliken is president of the University of Nebraska, a position he has held since 2004. He also holds faculty appointments in the College of Law, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the School of Public Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha. He previously served as senior vice president of the University of North Carolina and as vice president for external affairs and corporation secretary for the University of Nebraska.
Milliken is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Nebraska, and a graduate of New York University School of Law where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar. He practiced law on Wall Street before joining the University of Nebraska in 1988. He has also worked in Washington as legislative assistant to Congresswoman Virginia Smith.
Milliken serves on the board of directors of the Association of the Public and Land-grant Universities’ (APLU) and is past chair of the APLU Commission on Innovation, Competiveness and Economic Prosperity. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Competitiveness and co-chaired the Council’s Regional Innovation Initiative Leadership Steering Committee. He also serves on the board of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE) and was a member of ACE’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Global Engagement.
Milliken serves on the boards of directors of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce, BioNebraska, the Nebraska Advanced Manufacturing Coalition, and The Nebraska Medical Center. He co-chairs the Nebraska P-16 program and is a member of the Governor’s Education Leadership Council and the Board of Academic Advisors of the Omaha-based Building Bright Futures scholarship initiative. Milliken is a member of the Strategic Command Consultation Committee and the Business Higher Education Forum, and a board member for the Nebraska Military Support Coalition. Milliken and his wife, Nana Smith, live with their three children in Lincoln.