- Jan. 9, 2015: Statement from Chairman Hawks regarding Dr. George Ross’ withdrawal from the search
- Nov. 25, 2014: Finalist Sally Rockey to visit NU Dec. 15-18
- Nov. 24, 2014: Finalist Michael Martin to visit NU Dec. 9-12
- Nov. 21, 2014: Finalist Hank Bounds to visit NU Dec. 7-11
- Nov. 11, 2014: Finalist George Ross to visit NU Nov. 17-20
- Nov. 3, 2014: Presidential finalists named
- Oct. 31, 2014: Statement from Chairman Howard Hawks
- Oct. 27, 2014: Presidential search committee to meet
- Sept. 4, 2014: Regent Hawks’ message to employees
- Sept. 4, 2014: Presidential search committee to meet
- August 13, 2014: Resolution regarding Quorum Rule and Screening and Selection Committee Operating Principles
- August 6, 2014: Presidential search committee to meet
- July 18, 2014: Presidential search committee to meet
- June 26, 2014: Presidential Search Committee to meet
- June 9, 2014: NU issues presidential profile
- May 28, 2014: Statement from Board of Regents Chairman regarding the governor’s candidacy for president
- May 22, 2014: Statement from Board of Regents Chairman Howard Hawks regarding the presidential search
- April 18, 2014: Presidential Search Committees to meet
- March 19, 2014: Presidential search committees to be established
- March 19, 2014: Board of Regents to consider appointment of interim president
- March 6, 2014: Presidential search firm selected.
- Jan. 15, 2014: President Milliken leaving NU for CUNY
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- January 12, 2015: Board of Regents Presidential Search
- January 5, 2015: Notice of meeting Presidential Search
- December 23, 2014: Board of Regents Presidential Search Minutes
- December 23, 2014: Board of Regents Presidential Search
- December 18, 2014: Notice of meeting Presidential Search
- December 17, 2014: Board of Regents Presidential Search Minutes
- December 17, 2014 - Revised: Board of Regents Presidential Search
- December 17, 2014: Board of Regents Presidential Finalist Interview Minutes-Rockey
- December 17, 2014: Board of Regents Presidential Finalist Interview Agenda-Rockey
- December 11, 2014: Board of Regents Presidential Finalist Interview Minutes - Martin
- December 11, 2014: Board of Regents Presidential Finalist Interview Agenda-Martin
- December 11, 2014: Notice of meeting Presidential Search - Revised
- December 10, 2014: Notice of meeting Presidential Finalist Interview - Rockey
- December 9, 2014: Board of Regents Presidential Finalist Interview Minutes - Bounds
- December 9, 2014: Board of Regents Presidential Finalist Interview Agenda - Bounds
- December 4, 2014: Notice of meeting Presidential Finalist Interview - Martin
- December 2, 2014: Notice of meeting Presidential Finalist Interview - Bounds
- November 20, 2014: Board of Regents Presidential Finalist Interview Minutes - Ross
- November 20, 2014: Board of Regents Presidential Finalist Interview Agenda - Ross
- November 13, 2014: Notice of meeting Presidential Finalist Interview - Ross
- November 3, 2014: Screening and Selection Committee Minutes
- November 3, 2014: Screening and Selection Committee Agenda
- October 27, 2014: Notice of meeting
- September 11, 2014: Screening and Selection Committee Minutes
- September 11, 2014: Screening and Selection Committee Agenda
- September 4, 2014: Notice of meeting
- August 13, 2014: Screening and Selection Committee Minutes
- August 13, 2014: Screening and Selection Committee Agenda
- August 6, 2014: Notice of Meeting
- July 25, 2014: Outreach and Advisory Committee Minutes
- July 25, 2014: Outreach and Advisory Committee Agenda
- July 18, 2014: Notice of Meeting
- July 03, 2014: Outreach and Advisory Committee Minutes
- July 03, 2014: Outreach and Advisory Committee Agenda
- June 26, 2014: Notice of Meeting
- April 25, 2014: Outreach and Advisory Committee Minutes
- April 25, 2014: Screening and Selection Committee Minutes
- April 25, 2014: Outreach and Advisory Committee Agenda
- April 25, 2014: Screening and Selection Committee Agenda
- April 18, 2014: Notice of Meeting
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Presidential Finalists Named
Following a national search, the University of Nebraska Presidential Search Screening and Selection Committee has identified four finalists for the next president of the university. Each finalist visited Nebraska in November or December for public forums, interviews and meetings with key university stakeholders. Click here to submit your feedback on the finalists. The Board of Regents will make the final selection of the next president.
Below is information on each finalist, including photos, brief biographies, curriculum vitae and a link to their public forum on the Lincoln campus.
Dr. Sally Rockey, deputy director for extramural research for the National Institutes of Health
As deputy director for extramural research, Dr. Rockey oversees the development and implementation of the critical policies and guidelines central to the successful conduct of biomedical research supported by the National Institutes of Health across the country and around the world. Dr. Rockey earned her Ph.D. in entomology from Ohio State University and has spent the majority of her career in the area of research administration and information technology. She leads or is active on a number of federal committees related to science, federal research assistance and electronic government, and works closely with academic, small business and scientific communities.
In 1986 Dr. Rockey joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s extramural research arm, where she quickly rose to the post of deputy administrator of the cooperative state research, education and extension service, overseeing the extramural grants program and portfolio. In 2002 she became chief information officer, aligning state-of-the-art information technologies with the department goals and objectives. Three years later she was appointed deputy director of the office of extramural research at NIH, and brought her extensive experience in research administration and federal assistance to biomedical research. She assumed her current position in 2010.
Dr. Rockey also is a skilled public speaker, giving countless presentations on extramural research priorities and policies, grantsmanship, the competitive peer review process, scientific integrity and IT. She received the Presidential Rank Award in 2004. She is active in community engagement and encourages the science education of young children by giving presentations on insects to local elementary schools, where she has been known as the “Bug Doctor.”
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Dr. George Ross, president of Central Michigan University
Dr. Ross became the 14th president of Central Michigan University in 2010. His leadership of one of the nation’s 100 largest public universities and the fourth-largest in Michigan follows 24 years of higher education leadership and management guided by his strong belief in the transformative power of higher education. He is focused on student success and academic excellence with a focus on transparency.
Prior to assuming the Central Michigan presidency, Dr. Ross served as president of Alcorn State University, the nation’s first public historically black land-grant university. He also has held senior positions at Clark Atlanta University, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Tuskegee University. He remains engaged in student teaching and learning, having held professor ranks at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has developed continuing education materials and taught professional development courses for various professional organizations.
Dr. Ross has presented seminars, workshops and lectures in the areas of higher education leadership, budget, finance and administration to a number of universities and national organizations, including the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. He also has served on a number of local, statewide and regional planning and economic development boards, countrywide strategic planning committees, neighborhood development organizations and chambers of commerce.
Dr. Ross earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Michigan State University, a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Alabama, and completed postdoctoral studies at Harvard University. He also is a certified public accountant.
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Dr. Hank Bounds, commissioner of higher education for the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning
As commissioner of higher education, Dr. Bounds provides leadership for the state’s university system, which includes four research and four regional universities, one academic health science center and the executive office. The universities include two land-grant universities, three historically black institutions, a law center, a School of Veterinary Medicine and 200 institutes and centers. Bounds manages the human, financial and physical resources of the university system, including 80,000 students, 26,000 faculty and staff, a $4 billion budget, 1,600 buildings with 33 million square feet, $600 million in research and development, and $200 million in private giving.
Dr. Bounds has worked with presidents in the university system to develop business plans that maximize resources while addressing students’ needs and fulfilling each university’s unique mission. He has led efforts to reduce costs through energy and space efficiencies, technology acquisition and textbook pricing. He also worked with the Board of Trustees to implement a performance-based allocation model that distributes funds equitably and rewards universities for operating efficiently and achieving attainment outcomes.
Dr. Bounds has advocated for higher education with legislative leadership to provide greater opportunities for students. In addition to approving an increase in appropriations, the Legislature has provided a three-year bond bill to help the universities plan for capital improvements.
Dr. Bounds facilitated the launch of the Mississippi Higher Education Opportunity Endowment, which works with diverse constituencies to secure funds to enhance program offerings, support faculty, improve campus facilities and provide scholarships at Mississippi’s historically black universities.
Dr. Bounds grew up in rural Mississippi before attending the University of Southern Mississippi, where he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. He earned a doctorate from the University of Mississippi. Full bio.
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Dr. Michael Martin, chancellor of the Colorado State University System
Dr. Martin has served as chancellor of the Colorado State University System since 2012. Based in Denver, the chancellor is the chief executive officer of the CSU System, responsible for working with the Board of Governors to lead the system’s operations, set legislative strategy, serve as the primary spokesman and increase engagement among alumni, donors and the business community.
Prior to joining the CSU System, Dr. Martin served at Louisiana State University, New Mexico State University, and the University of Florida, where as vice president for agriculture and natural resources he led the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences with more than 3,000 employees statewide. He began his academic career at Oregon State University as a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
Dr. Martin is one of only a few to receive the Justin Smith Morrill Memorial Award, named after the author of the bill creating land-grant universities, which honors outstanding service on behalf of the land-grant mission. For his leadership in improving the quality of life for New Mexico citizens and future generations, he was awarded the 2008 Distinguished Leadership Award by Leadership New Mexico.
A native of Crosby, Minn., Dr. Martin earned his bachelor’s degree in business and economics and master’s degree in economics from Mankato State College. He received his Ph.D. in applied economics from the University of Minnesota. His areas of specialization are prices, international trade, public policy, transportation and business logistics.
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