President Bounds
University of Nebraska President Hank M. Bounds, Ph.D.

On January 12, 2015, the Board of Regents appointed lifelong educator Hank M. Bounds, Ph.D., as the seventh president of the University of Nebraska. Dr. Bounds, a first-generation traditional college student who has devoted his entire 25-year career to education, has served as commissioner of higher education for the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning since 2009.

Dr. Bounds was selected for the NU presidency following an extensive national search that engaged hundreds of Nebraskans. He will begin his tenure on April 13, 2015.

We invite Nebraskans to join the conversation welcoming Dr. Bounds and his family to the university by using #NewNUPrez.

President Bounds
Presidential Background

Dr. Hank Bounds has spent his career helping change students’ lives in the way education impacted his own life. He began as a high school teacher, then rose to principal, superintendent and state superintendent before becoming Mississippi’s commissioner of higher education. There, he has been committed to expanding opportunities for students and building partnerships with key constituents.

He and his wife, Susie, have two children, Will and Caroline.

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Curtis, NE | April 14, 2015

Welcome to Curtis, Neb...where you can drink a glass of the best-tasting rural water in the country and ride your horse anywhere as long as you stay off the golf course. I’d been looking forward to my visit to the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture for quite some time, and the tour and luncheon with faculty, staff and students arranged by Dean Ron Rosati and his team didn’t disappoint.

"In addition to boasting a rich history, the university is poised for an even brighter future as a giant in higher education and I look forward to working with the university family as it continues to serve as a catalyst for change…I am humbled
to have the opportunity to lead this prestigious university."
—Dr. Hank Bounds, University of Nebraska President
Media Coverage
NU’s new leader has street cred in Nebraska
“From a simple beginning, Bounds has worked his way to a place where people respect a humble demeanor, smart decisions and hard work.”
— Kearney Hub (April 14, 2015)
NU President Bounds visits UNK as part of getting-to-know Nebraska tour
“Bounds said part of his reason for taking the job was that he wanted to lead a university with the potential to change the world.”
— Kearney Hub (April 14, 2015)
New NU president ‘Getting to Know Nebraska’
“Bounds said he found the University of Nebraska as an institution that could make a difference in the world through its various institutes including Water for Food and Rural Futures.”
— KRVN (April 13, 2015)
Workforce challenges dominate discussion with NU president
“Bounds said he wants the university to be interested in helping solve Nebraska’s employment issues and that starts with convincing more youths that they can be successful and earn college degrees.”
— Columbus Telegram (April 13, 2015)
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