The University of Nebraska Board of Regents at its annual meeting today elected Howard Hawks of Omaha to the position of chair. Hawks, who represents District 2, was elected to the Board of Regents in 2002, and served as vice chair in 2004. Regent Drew Miller of Papillion was elected vice chair for 2005.
Hawks is founder, chairman and CEO of Tenaska Inc., an international independent energy company known for its expertise in power plant development, ownership, and operations; natural gas and electric power marketing; fuel procurement, asset acquisitions, and electricity transmission.
In addition to his duties at NU, Hawks serves on the Creighton University Board of Directors. He was a member of the Nebraska Business Higher Education Forum and chaired capital campaigns for Dana College and Midland Lutheran College. He endowed the Howard Hawks Chair in Business Ethics and Leadership at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and has funded hundreds of scholarships for students in need through the Hawks Foundation.
Hawks currently serves on the Assistance League of Omaha Advisory Board, Joslyn Art Museum Board of Governors, the Joslyn Art Museum Bodmer Society and Durham Center for Wester Studies Advisory Committee, the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Board of Governors, the Ak-Sar-Ben Future Trust Board of Directors, Lutheran Church of the Master Strategic Planning Committee, Mid-American Council Boy Scouts of America Board of Trustees, Omaha Zoological Society Board of Trustees, the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo Foundation Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and the Ironwood Golf & Country Club Board of Directors.
Hawks earned his master in business administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1971 and a bachelor of science in accounting at UNL in 1957. He graduated from high school at Bruning, Neb. He and his wife Rhonda have a combined family of two daughters and three sons.
Miller, representing District 4, was first elected to the Board of Regents in 1994 and re-elected in 2000. He is president of Heartland Management Consulting Group. A certified management accountant and certified financial planner, he earned his master’s and Ph.D. in public policy at Harvard University, and his bachelor’s degree at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
The Board of Regents consists of eight members elected to six-year terms, and four nonvoting student regents who represent each of the four NU campuses