Presidential Search Outreach and Advisory Committee

The Presidential Search Outreach and Advisory Committee was established by the Board of Regents to work with the consultants from Isaacson, Miller, the national search firm engaged by the Board, to solicit stakeholder input on issues facing the university and qualities the university should seek in the next president, conduct a broad and inclusive search, seek nominations and applications for the position, and determine how well potential candidates meet criteria established by the Board.

The 21 members of the committee include:

  • Tim Clare, Board of Regents, District 1, Lincoln (Co-chair)
  • Bob Phares, Board of Regents, District 7, North Platte (Co-chair)
  • Renaisa Anthony, Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Deputy Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Gail Baker, Dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Juan Casas, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Hal Daub, Board of Regents, District 8, Omaha
  • Herbert O. (Dele) Davies, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Helen Abbott Feller, President of Churn Thoroughbred Farm, Inc., Wisner
  • Ronnie Green, Vice President of Agriculture, University of Nebraska and Vice Chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Barry Kennedy, President of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lincoln
  • Kevin Knudson, Student Regent, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, junior majoring in political science, Omaha
  • John Massey, Director and President of J.G. Elliott Insurance Center and member of the Board of Directors of the University of Nebraska Foundation and Foundation Trustee, Scottsbluff
  • Dawn Mollenkopf, Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education, College of Education, University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Joseph Oravecz, Dean of the Division of Student Affairs, University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Tonn Ostergard, President and CEO of Crete Carrier Corporation and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the University of Nebraska Foundation, Lincoln
  • Harvey Perlman, Chancellor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Jim Pillen, Board of Regents, District 3, Columbus
  • Connor Schulte, Student Regent, University of Nebraska at Kearney, junior majoring in advertising and public relations, Kearney
  • Judy Walker, Aaron Douglas Professor and Chairperson of Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Charles (Chuck) Wilson, retired physician and former member of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, Lincoln
  • Gail Walling Yanney, retired physician, community volunteer and philanthropist, Omaha

The Board has also established a separate Presidential Search Screening and Selection committee which will review and evaluate application materials, select and interview leading prospects, conduct and/or review reference checks, and recommend to the Board of Regents no fewer than four candidates who agree to become public finalists for the position.

Final selection of the next president will be made by the Board of Regents following university visits and public forums by the finalists that will provide opportunities for Nebraska citizens and university constituents to meet the candidates and provide feedback to the Board.

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