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 began 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.

Nebraska Travel Journal
NCTA: Open access, high quality and Nebraska-focused
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NCTA: Open access, high quality & Nebraska-focused

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
Bounds Throws First Pitch at Husker/K State Baseball Game
April 22, 2015
"Dream With Me": Monthly Presidential Video
April 13, 2015
Bounds Recognized at 2015 Husker Spring Game
April 11, 2015
Media Coverage
Who is Hank Bounds?
“While he’s still figuring things out in terms of plans for the future of the University of Nebraska, there’s one thing Bounds said he knows for sure: He’s right where he belongs.”
— Daily Nebraskan (May 8, 2015)
NU president, ag leader & University of Nebraska administrators salute 2015 NCTA graduating class
“I always ask the students, ‘What’s next?’ Every one of them said they already had a job lined up.”
— KRVN (May 8, 2015)
Bounds sees University of Nebraska as a world-changer
“The more that I learn, the more time that I spent with researchers, with faculty, with staff, with students, with the general public, the more excited I get about the possibilities that exist here.”
— Nebraska Radio Network (April 27, 2015)
Drive Time Lincoln: University President Hank Bounds
“Amazing work is going on, but the really good news is that the best days are ahead of us.”
— KLIN (April 22, 2015)
President’s Advisory Council

The University of Nebraska President’s Advisory Council (PAC) is an invitation-only group who serves in an advisory capacity to the University of Nebraska president. Members come from communities across the state and have varied backgrounds and experiences, but they share an interest in the University and its impact on our state.

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