University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Search
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University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds invites nominations and applications for the position of chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The chancellor is the chief executive officer of UNL, the largest of the four University of Nebraska campuses, a Big Ten institution and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. UNL serves 25,000 students and comprises colleges of agriculture and natural resources, architecture, arts and sciences, business administration, education and human sciences, engineering, fine and performing arts, journalism and mass communications, law and graduate studies, as well as the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, a research enterprise that is broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities, and an outreach and extension operation that touches each of Nebraska’s 93 counties.

UNL was chartered by the Legislature in 1869 and is recognized as the primary research and doctoral degree granting institution in the state for fields outside the health professions. 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 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 Nebraskans who go on to become Nebraska’s business, cultural and professional leaders.

Special UNL affiliates include the Nebraska Alumni Association, the Lied Center for Performing Arts, Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, 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 and the University of Nebraska Press. UNL is also home to a prominent Division I athletics program which regularly competes for national titles.

Current Chancellor Harvey Perlman has announced plans to step down in 2016 after a decade and a half of leadership during which UNL experienced remarkable growth and progress. Successes include the formation of Nebraska Innovation Campus, a research and development campus that will facilitate expanded partnerships with the private sector; UNL’s 2011 admission into the Big Ten Conference; steady growth in enrollment and research activity; significant investments in campus infrastructure and facilities; and expanded international partnerships that have leveraged UNL’s expertise in areas like water and agriculture, early childhood education and engineering for global benefit.

President Bounds will conduct a national search for the next chancellor, which will include identification of no fewer than four finalists 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 University of Nebraska Board of Regents. Bounds invites public feedback on the search here.

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