President-Designate Bounds’ statement on Chancellor Harvey Perlman’s decision to step down
“The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a much different institution today than when Chancellor Perlman took over. He has built UNL into one of the nation’s top research universities, a Big Ten school that is a destination for talented students and faculty. His leadership on bold initiatives like Innovation Campus will benefit Nebraskans for years to come. Throughout his tenure, he has maintained a focus on the priorities that shape UNL’s land-grant mission: quality education, research and outreach to the state.
“Harvey has given nearly 40 years of service to this university at all levels of leadership, starting as a faculty member, and now he is coming full circle. He has discussed his desire to return to the faculty with me several times so I knew this day was coming. We are fortunate that he was willing to delay his decision until a new president had been selected to ensure greater leadership stability at the university. He has been a transformational leader at UNL and a great colleague and friend to me, and I thank him for his lengthy and dedicated service to Nebraska.”