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.
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.
Click photo to enlargeNU President Hank Bounds speaks
to the 600-plus University of Nebraska
retirees, representing all four campuses
and a range of academic disciplines, who attended
the annual retiree luncheon May 27 in LaVista.
A thank-you to NU retirees
LaVista | May 27, 2015
You might be surprised to know that the biggest event of the year – by far – for the University of Nebraska president’s office is our annual luncheon for NU retirees. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with more than 600 retirees who collectively gave countless years of service to the university over their careers.
Our retirees are a diverse group: former faculty and staff, representing all four university campuses and a wide range of academic fields. Some retired within the past year, while others left the university many years ago. What they share is a passion for the mission of the University of Nebraska to impact the lives of our students and people in our state and around the world. These former employees laid the groundwork for the momentum we enjoy today and I am grateful for their contributions – which certainly make my job a little easier!
I enjoyed the opportunity to share a few comments about my vision for the university to be a giant in higher education, doing even more to serve Nebraskans and others. I talked about the transformative power of higher education through a personal lens, recalling my upbringing on a small Mississippi farm where going to college seemed almost an impossible dream. College changed my life and I know it can change the lives of others.
As I told our retirees, the University of Nebraska has the potential to be a global leader. We need to pick a few areas where we think we can be the best – water and agriculture, early childhood, national security – and then focus our efforts accordingly. I like to say a rising tide lifts all boats. When we lead the global conversation in key areas, the entire university will benefit.
I sincerely thank University of Nebraska retirees for their ongoing engagement, interest and contributions to the university. Without them, we wouldn’t be in the position we are today. I hope they share my excitement for the future and that they will continue to support Nebraska’s public university. Our best days truly are ahead of us.
University of Nebraska Board of Regents
Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning
University of Nebraska Board of Regents
University of Nebraska Medical Center
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Nebraska Farm Bureau
|"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
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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.