01/09/2015 Statement from Howard Hawks, Chairman of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents

Dr. George E. Ross, president of Central Michigan University, has informed the University of Nebraska of his decision to withdraw as a candidate for NU president. The Board of Regents is pleased Dr. Ross was willing to consider this opportunity and to become a public finalist for the position, and respects his right to withdraw. It is clear George and his wife, Elizabeth, are held in high regard by the CMU community and the university’s governing board did not want to lose him. We wish the Rosses well as they recommit to leadership of Central Michigan, and thank them for their interest and involvement in the Nebraska presidential search.

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents is scheduled to meet on Monday afternoon and on the agenda is the possible selection of the next NU president. While the Board is sorry Dr. Ross has chosen to withdraw as a candidate, it will proceed with its process to select the next president.

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10/27/2014 Presidential search committee to meet

Oct 27, 2014

The Presidential Search Outreach and Advisory Committee will meet on Monday, Nov 3, at Varner Hall, located at 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln. The committee will meet in the Board Room in the lower level of Varner Hall beginning at 9:00 a.m.

An agenda for the meeting is available here.
04/18/2014 Presidential Search Screening and Selection Committee

The Presidential Search Screening and Selection Committee was established by the Board of Regents to 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.

The 13 members of the committee include:

  • Howard Hawks, Board of Regent, District 2, Omaha (Chair)
  • Susie Buffett, Chairman, Sherwood Foundation, Omaha
  • Jeffrey Gold, Chancellor, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Brian Hastings, President and Chief Executive Officer, University of Nebraska Foundation, Lincoln
  • Jordan Koch, Student Regent, University of Nebraska at Omaha, senior majoring in elementary education, Yankton, South Dakota
  • Marjorie Kostelnik, Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Steve Nelson, President, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Axtell
  • Krupa Savalia, Student Regent, University of Nebraska Medical Center, M.D./Ph.D. Scholars Program, West Orange, New Jersey
  • Rob Schafer, Board of Regents, District 5, Beatrice
  • Kent Schroeder, Board of Regents, District 6, Kearney
  • Julie Shaffer, Professor of Biology, College of Natural and Social Sciences, University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Thomas Warren, President, Urban League, Omaha
  • Bob Whitehouse, Board of Regents, District 4, Papillion

The Board also has established a separate Presidential Search Outreach and Advisory Committee 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.

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.

04/18/2014 Presidential Search Committees to Meet
04/18/2014

The initial meetings of the Presidential Search Outreach and Advisory Committee and the Presidential Search Screening and Selection Committee will be held on Friday, April 25, at Varner Hall, located at 3835 Holdrege Street in Lincoln.

  • The Screening and Selection Committee will meet beginning at 8 a.m. in Room #13 in the lower level of Varner Hall.

  • The Outreach and Advisory Committee will meet beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Board Room in the lower level of Varner Hall.


The agendas for the meetings may be found online.
04/18/2014 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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