University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Search
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Search
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Search

University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds invites nominations and applications for the position of chancellor of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (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 begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For more details and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search:

President Bounds intends to publicly identify no fewer than four finalists for UNL chancellor, who 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.

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Process and Timeline

The search for the next UNL chancellor is expected to last approximately 6-9 months, concluding in the Spring 2016. The document below describes the general steps in the search process and the anticipated timeline, subject to change.

Applications, Inquiries and Nominations

The University of Nebraska has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with the search for the next chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Acceptance of applications, inquiries, and nominations for the position will begin immediately and continue until completion of the search process. Confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumes or curricula vitae should be submitted at Electronic submission of application materials is strongly encouraged.

Position Information

Candidates or members of the general public interested in learning more about the position requirements can find that information in the two documents below.

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About the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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.

About the City of Lincoln

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, ranked Lincoln has a top 10 in "best downtown”.

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