President Bounds
University of Nebraska President 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 began 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.

President Bounds
Presidential Background

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.

President’s Journal
NU President Hank Bounds speaks to the 600-plus University of Nebraska retirees, representing all four campuses and a range of academic disciplines, who attended the annual retiree luncheon May 27 in LaVista.
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NU President Hank Bounds speaks
to the 600-plus University of Nebraska
retirees, representing all four campuses
and a range of academic disciplines, who attended
the annual retiree luncheon May 27 in LaVista.

A thank-you to NU retirees

LaVista | May 27, 2015

You might be surprised to know that the biggest event of the year – by far – for the University of Nebraska president’s office is our annual luncheon for NU retirees. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with more than 600 retirees who collectively gave countless years of service to the university over their careers.

Our retirees are a diverse group: former faculty and staff, representing all four university campuses and a wide range of academic fields. Some retired within the past year, while others left the university many years ago. What they share is a passion for the mission of the University of Nebraska to impact the lives of our students and people in our state and around the world. These former employees laid the groundwork for the momentum we enjoy today and I am grateful for their contributions – which certainly make my job a little easier!

"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
Bounds Throws First Pitch at Husker/K State Baseball Game
April 22, 2015
"Dream With Me": Monthly Presidential Video
April 13, 2015
Bounds Recognized at 2015 Husker Spring Game
April 11, 2015
Media Coverage
Dr. Hank Bounds: His journey from Mississippi farm boy to NU’s 7th president
"There’s an opportunity to collaborate in a way that makes us unique across this country…It’s that kind of place where you can think about making a real difference."
— L Magazine (June 23, 2015)
Editorial: Modest NU tuition increase appropriate
“The regents and new NU President Hank Bounds deserve credit for keeping the tuition increases to a minimum. In fact, other than the two-year freeze, the tuition increases are the lowest the university has had in 30 years.”
— Grand Island Independent (June 17, 2015)
World-Herald editorial: Sound budget ideas at NU
“The NU president has grounded his budget strategy in three sound priorities: affordability and accessibility for students; investing in university talent and strengthening Nebraska’s economy; and promoting cost-effectiveness.”
— Omaha World-Herald (June 14, 2015)
Bounds: Business community essential in making university great
“The university can help increase the workforce pool by increasing enrollment, attracting more students from other states and increasing its graduation rate, [Bounds] said.”
— Lincoln Journal Star (June 11, 2015)
President’s Advisory Council

The University of Nebraska President’s Advisory Council (PAC) is an invitation-only group who serves in an advisory capacity to the University of Nebraska president. Members come from communities across the state and have varied backgrounds and experiences, but they share an interest in the University and its impact on our state.

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