New University President Hank Bounds to spend first week “Getting to Know Nebraska”
MEDIA ADVISORY: New University President Hank Bounds to spend first week “Getting to Know Nebraska”

Hank Bounds, who begins his tenure as the seventh president of the University of Nebraska on April 13, will spend his first week on a “Getting to Know Nebraska” tour that will showcase the diversity of the state and introduce him to a wide range of university stakeholders.

During his tour, which begins Sunday, April 12, in Mead, and ends Friday, April 17, in Nebraska City, Bounds will stop in some 20 Nebraska communities. He will meet with leaders in agriculture, business, education, civic organizations and the news media, and will visit a number of high schools, community colleges and state colleges in addition to NU campuses and research and extension facilities.

Bounds will be joined on much of the tour by Ronnie Green, NU vice president and vice chancellor of the Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Brian Hastings, president and CEO of the University of Nebraska Foundation. Members of the Board of Regents and friends of the university will help host events and meetings across the state. Nebraskans are invited to follow updates from the tour at www.nebraska.edu/president, where Bounds will keep a travel journal, and by following Bounds on Twitter at @hankbounds.

Bounds, who recently wrapped up duties as commissioner of higher education in Mississippi, a role he had held since 2009, said his Nebraska tour is an opportunity to listen and learn from citizens of the state about how the university and its stakeholders can work together to build a stronger future for Nebraskans.

“His Nebraska tour is an opportunity to listen and learn from citizens of the state about how the university and its stakeholders can work together to build a stronger future for Nebraskans.”

“One of the things that has struck me most about this state is how much Nebraskans care about their university. We have an incredible opportunity to harness that passion and build the University of Nebraska into a giant in higher education – an institution doing more than ever to serve students and people in the state and around the world,” Bounds said. “I’m excited to spend time with faculty, staff, students, farmers and ranchers, business owners, community leaders, educators and many other alumni and friends who have made the University of Nebraska one of the nation’s leading institutions. Their ideas will help shape a new era for Nebraska’s public university.”

The Board of Regents appointed Bounds as the next NU president on Jan. 12. A lifelong educator, Bounds has devoted his 25-year career to helping change students’ lives in the same way education impacted his own life. He grew up on a small farm in rural Mississippi, where his family raised pigs and cows and he hauled hay. His service in the Army National Guard helped him pay for college, and he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and a doctorate from the University of Mississippi.

Bounds began his career as a high school teacher, then rose to principal, superintendent and state superintendent before becoming higher education commissioner. In that role, he oversaw a complex system of eight public universities which together enrolled 85,000 students, employed 26,000 faculty and staff and operated with a combined annual budget of $4.5 billion. As commissioner, he built a demonstrated record of expanding opportunities for students, improving higher education outcomes and efficiencies, and building successful partnerships with policymakers, donors, business leaders and others.

Bounds and his wife, Susie, have two children, Will and Caroline. Bounds succeeds Interim NU President James Linder, M.D., who has served since May 2014.

The full schedule for Bounds’ “Getting to Know Nebraska” tour follows:

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Sunday, April 12 (Mead, Fremont and Columbus)
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Tour of UNL Agricultural Research and Development Center
11 a.m. | 1071 County Road G | Mead, NE
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Stakeholder luncheon at Agricultural Research and Development Center
Noon | 1071 County Road G | Mead, NE
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Stakeholder reception
2 p.m. | Gallery 92 West, 92 W. 6th St. | Fremont, Neb.
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Grand Island Breakfast
7:30 a.m. | Raising Nebraska Site | Grand Island, NE
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Roundtable discussion with local business and education leaders
4:30 p.m. | The Evans House, 2204 14th St. | Columbus, NE
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Stakeholder reception and dinner
5:30 p.m. | The Evans House, 2204 14th St. | Columbus, NE
Monday, April 13
(Grand Island, Kearney, Lexington, Gothenburg and North Platte)
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Stakeholder breakfast
7:30 a.m. | Raising Nebraska site, 501 E. Fonner Park Road | Grand Island, NE
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Grand Island Senior High School visit
9 a.m. | 2124 N. Lafayette Ave. | Grand Island, NE

Note: Bounds will be joined by Kayla Lindell, a Grand Island Senior High graduate and first-generation student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney

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Reception with UNK faculty, staff and students
11:30 a.m. | Nebraskan Student Union | UNK
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13
Stakeholder luncheon
12:30 p.m. | Nebraskan Student Union | UNK
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13
Interview and meet-and-greet with community leaders
2:45 p.m. | KRVN radio station, 1007 Plum Creek Parkway | Lexington, NE
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13
Monsanto Water Utilization Learning Center visit
4 p.m. | Monsanto Water Utilization Learning Center | Gothenburg, NE
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Stakeholder reception and dinner
6:30 p.m. | Golden Spike Tower, 1249 N. Homestead Road | North Platte, NE
Tuesday, April 14 (North Platte, Curtis and Sidney)
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14
Breakfast with UNL West Central Research and Extension Center faculty and staff
7:30 a.m. | 402 West State Farm Road | North Platte, NE
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Media availability at West Central Research and Extension Center
9 a.m. |402 West State Farm Road | North Platte, NE
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14
Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture visit
10:30 a.m. | : 404 E. 7th St. | Curtis, NE
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Lunch with NCTA students and faculty
Noon | NCTA Student Union | Curtis, NE
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14
Stumpf International Wheat Research and Education Center visit
1:30 p.m. | Stumpf International Wheat Research and Education Center | Grant, NE
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14
Stop at Lake McConaughy Reservoir and Water Learning Center
2:45 p.m. (approx.) | Lake McConaughy Reservoir and Water Learning Center | Ogallala, NE
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14
Cabela’s tour
4:15 p.m. | 115 Cabela Dr. | Sidney, NE
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Stakeholder reception
5:30 p.m. | Buffalo Point Steakhouse, 638 Cabela Dr. | Sidney, NE
Wednesday, April 15
(Scottsbluff, Gering and Chadron)
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15
Stakeholder breakfast
7:15 a.m. | Farm and Ranch Museum, 2930 Old Oregon Trail | Gering, NE
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15
Meeting with Western Nebraska Community College and tour of University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing West Division
8:45 a.m. | Western Nebraska Community College Harms Advanced Technology Center, 2620 College Park | Scottsbluff, NE
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15
Gering High School visit
10 a.m. | 1500 U St. | Gering, NE
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Tour of UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center
11:30 a.m. | 4502 Avenue I | Scottsbluff, NE
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Luncheon with Panhandle Research and Extension Center faculty and staff
12:30 p.m. | 4502 Avenue I | Scottsbluff, NE
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15
Media availability at Panhandle Research and Extension Center
2 p.m. | 4502 Avenue I | Scottsbluff, NE
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15
Fort Robinson State Park visit
4:30 p.m. | Fort Robinson State Park | Crawford, NE
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Stakeholder reception and dinner
6:30 p.m. | Chadron State College Student Center, 1000 Main St. | Chadron, NE
Thursday, April 16
(Valentine, Ainsworth and Norfolk)
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Rotary Club luncheon
Noon | Peppermill & E.K. Valentine Lounge, 502 E. Highway 20 | Valentine, NE
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Ainsworth High School visit
2:30 p.m. | 520 E. 2nd St. | Ainsworth, NE
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Stakeholder reception and dinner
7 p.m. | Norfolk Country Club, 801 E. Benjamin Ave. | Norfolk, NE
Friday, April 17
(Norfolk, Wayne, West Point and Nebraska City)
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Breakfast with UNL Northeast Research and Extension Center faculty and staff
7:30 a.m. | Northeast Research and Extension Center, Northeast Community College, 601 E. Benjamin Ave. | Norfolk, NE
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Media availability at Northeast Research and Extension Center
9 a.m. | University Classroom, Northeast Research and Extension Center, 601 E. Benjamin Ave. | Norfolk, NE
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Wayne High School visit
10 a.m. | 611 W. 7th St. | Wayne, NE
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Coffee with Wayne State College President Curt Frye and local business leaders
11 a.m. | Wayne State College Student Center, Niobrara Room, E. 14th St. | Wayne, NE
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Stakeholder luncheon
12:30 p.m. | Nielsen Community Center, 200 Anna Stalp Ave. | West Point, NE
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17
Tour of UNL Kimmel Research and Extension Center
4:30 p.m. | 5985 G Road | Nebraska City, NE
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Stakeholder reception and dinner
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