The search committee was chaired by Dr. Shelton Hendricks, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UNO. "I was very pleased with the quality of applicants for the position of Chancellor at UNO," Hendricks said. "The committee faced a challenging task selecting finalists from this outstanding group. We believe we are presenting UNO, the University of Nebraska System, and our community constituents an outstanding group of finalists."
The finalists and information about the public forums are as follows:
Dr. John E. Christensen, interim chancellor of UNO, Monday, April 16, 4:30 p.m., Thompson Alumni Center. (News conference: 1:30 p.m. Milo Bail Student Center)
Dr. Allen A. Mori, provost and vice president for academic affairs, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Wednesday, April 18, 4:30 p.m., Thompson Alumni Center. (News conference: 1:30 p.m. Milo Bail Student Center)
Dr. John H. Frederick, executive vice president and provost, University of Nevada, Reno, Thursday, April 19, 4:30 p.m., Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. (News conference: 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20, Milo Bail Student Center)
Dr. Wilson G. Bradshaw, president, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN, Monday, April 23, 4:30 p.m., Thompson Alumni Center. (News conference: 1:30 p.m. Milo Bail Student Center)
Christensen has served as interim chancellor of UNO since September 2006. He has been a faculty member and administrator at UNO since 1978, serving as chair of the Special Education and Communications Disorders Department, dean of the College of Education and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. He is a graduate of Dana College in Blair, with a master’s degree from UNO and a Ph.D. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Kansas.
Mori has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Dominguez Hills, since 2003. From 1987-2003 he was dean of the Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles, where he was also a professor in the Division of Special Education. Mori is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn. He received his master’s degree in special education from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Penn., and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Cal State Dominguez Hills is located in the Los Angeles area and has an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.
Frederick has been executive vice president and provost of the University of Nevada, Reno, since 2001 and has also been a professor of chemistry there since 1988. He served as director of the Chemical Physics Ph.D. Program from 1990-2001, and chair of the Department of Chemistry from 1999-2001. Frederick earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Princeton in 1980 and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard. The University of Nevada, Reno, is the state’s land grant institution with approximately 16,000 students.
Bradshaw was named president of Metropolitan State University in St. Paul in 2000, where he also holds a faculty appointment as professor of psychology. He previously held administrative positions at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Georgia Southern University, and Florida Atlantic University. He is a graduate of Florida Atlantic, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his Ph.D. in psychobiology. Metropolitan State University is one of seven universities in the Minnesota state system, serving nearly 9,000 students in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Jim Young, CEO of Union Pacific and one of the community representatives on the search committee, said, “The caliber of candidates who applied for this position is a real tribute to the university and to the Omaha community. I believe we will see great things from UNO in the next few years.”
Each of the candidates’ campus visit will include a tour, meetings with a wide range of campus constituents including faculty, staff and students, a news conference and a public forum. Candidates will also meet with NU President James B. Milliken and other senior administrators. A number of opportunities will be available for the public to provide feedback on the candidates, including a comment form at www.nebraska.edu. Following the candidate visits, Milliken will make an appointment, subject to the approval of the Board of Regents. A special meeting of the Board will likely be held in May to consider the appointment. It is anticipated that the new chancellor will be in place by the start of the Fall 2007 semester.