University of Nebraska President-Designate 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.
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.
"Dr. Bounds is a highly respected educator who has focused his career on helping to change lives in a way that education impacted his own opportunities. His experience as a high school teacher and principal, district and statewide school superintendent, and now chief executive of a large and diverse higher education system has prepared him exceptionally well to lead the University of Nebraska."
—Howard Hawks, Chairman University of Nebraska Board of Regents
“While we certainly hate to lose his talents in our state, we understand why the Nebraska Board of Regents has selected him to lead the university. He will bring to them the same kind of dynamic, strategic and innovative leadership that he has provided here.”
—Aubrey Patterson, President Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning
“His personal philosophy that university leaders must make decisions based on what is best for students will resonate well with most Nebraskans, as will his commitment to students’ success.”
—Bob Phares, Vice Chairman University of Nebraska Board of Regents
“With his proven track record as a leader and administrator, Dr. Bounds brings an impressive resume to the University of Nebraska. We are excited to welcome him, and we are looking forward to working with him at UNMC.”
—Jeffrey Gold, M.D., Chancellor University of Nebraska Medical Center
“I am delighted that Hank Bounds agreed to become the next president of the university. He has the experience and the commitment to the academic enterprise that will serve Nebraska well.”
—Harvey Perlman, Chancellor University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“My heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Hank Bounds on his selection as the next president of the University of Nebraska. Susanne and I welcome him and his wife Susie to our state. I look forward to working together with him to build on the strong foundation that President Milliken laid for the institution.”
—Governor Pete Ricketts
“From an agricultural perspective, it’s important the president fully understand and have the ability to carry out the mission of the land-grant university. Dr. Bounds’ extensive experience in leading a university in Mississippi and his understanding of the importance of agriculture in that role makes him an excellent selection.”
—Steve Nelson, President 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-Designate
New NU President Bounds begins transition
“To recruit top students and faculty, court donors and research partners, Bounds said he wants to understand what drew current students to the university’s flagship campus.”