Following a national search, President Hank Bounds, in consultation with a search advisory committee and professional search firm Isaacson, Miller, has named Ronnie D. Green, Ph.D., the 20th chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Green has been at UNL since 2010 and currently serves as vice president and Harlan Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and interim senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. If his appointment is confirmed by the Board of Regents, Green will succeed Chancellor Harvey Perlman, who has provided more than a decade and a half of leadership at UNL.
The UNL chancellor is the chief executive officer of the largest of the four University of Nebraska campuses, a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Big Ten Conference. The incumbent, Harvey Perlman, is stepping down in 2016 after a decade and a half of leadership during which the campus experienced significant gains in enrollment and research activity, investments in infrastructure and facilities, expansion of international partnerships, and formation of a 250-acre public/private research and development park.
UNL is recognized as the primary research and doctoral degree granting institution in Nebraska for fields outside the health professions. It is classified as RU/VH by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, with total research expenditures exceeding $275 million. Its annual operating budget is approximately $1.2 million. Through its three primary missions of teaching, research and service, UNL is an intellectual center for Nebraska. Its faculty and graduates are major contributors to the economic and cultural development of the state, and the campus attracts a high percentage of academically-talented students. This fall’s freshman class has an average ACT score of 25.2 and includes seven students who earned perfect scores on either the ACT or SAT, 46 National Merit Scholars, and nine National Merit Hispanic Scholars.
"Through its three primary missions of teaching, research and service, UNL is a primary intellectual center for the state, providing leadership in quality education and the generation of new knowledge."
UNL serves more than 25,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students through nine colleges: agricultural sciences and natural resources, architecture, arts and sciences, business administration, education and human sciences, engineering, fine and performing arts, journalism and mass communications, and law. The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources administers a two-year college of technical agriculture and oversees statewide outreach and extension services. Husker Athletics offers a competitive Division I program with 24 varsity sports, and currently enjoys the nation’s leading consecutive sellout streak in football and volleyball regular-season matches.
UNL affiliates include the Lied Center for Performing Arts, the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, the Sheldon Museum of Art, the University of Nebraska State Museum, the University of Nebraska Press, and Nebraska Educational Telecommunications. The Nebraska Alumni Association works to strengthen the tie between the university and its graduates and the University of Nebraska Foundation partners with the campus to secure private philanthropy.
"The final selection of the chancellor will be made by the president, subject to approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents."
The University of Nebraska has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist in this national search. Screening of complete applications will continue until the completion of the search process. For more details, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: www.imsearch.com/5520
President Bounds has publicly identified four finalists for the UNL chancellor position. They will visit Nebraska and participate in open forums so university stakeholders can meet the candidates and offer feedback. The final selection of the chancellor will be made by the president, subject to approval by the Board of Regents.
The search for the next UNL chancellor is expected to last approximately 6-9 months, concluding in Spring 2016. The document below describes the general steps in the search process and the anticipated timeline, subject to change.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is one of the nation’s leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities.
Lincoln has a population of just over 250,000, the perfect size for a college town. It has consistently been ranked as one of the best places to live and work in the U.S. For example, in 2012, a Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranked Lincoln as the #1 U.S. City in Quality of Life. In 2014, Forbes ranked Lincoln as 6th Best Place for Business and Careers, and in 2015, livability.com ranked Lincoln has a top 10 in "best downtown”.