WHEREAS, Joe Rowson spent much of his professional career in education, serving the Lincoln Public Schools for 11 years before joining the University of Nebraska in 1985; and

WHEREAS, Joe served the University of Nebraska for more than 25 years as director of public affairs, assistant vice president for external affairs, director of communications, associate to the President, director of special projects, coordinator of the Nebraska P-16 Initiative and as Senior Fellow; and

WHEREAS, Joe was passionate about educational opportunities for all Nebraskans and the power of education to transform lives; and

WHEREAS, Joe was actively involved in national education and public relations organizations, serving as president of the National School Public Relations Association in 1980, earning his accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America in 1990 and being named a Fellow of PRSA in 2001; and

WHEREAS, Joe was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, a loyal alumnus of Marquette and Iowa State Universities, and an inspiring community servant in many organizations including the Downtown Lincoln Rotary and Salvation Army; and

WHEREAS, Joe was a friend, mentor and valued colleague to those he worked with at Lincoln Public Schools and the University of Nebraska; and

WHEREAS, he was a loving husband of 48 years to our friend Sandy, a proud father to Ann and Elizabeth and a doting grandfather to Abby, John-Joseph, Margaret and Lucian; and

WHEREAS, Joe passed away on June 9, 2011, after courageously fighting brain cancer and continuing his work on behalf of Nebraska's youth until a few weeks before his death;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska extends its sincere condolences to Sandy Rowson and her daughters and grandchildren, and expresses its deep appreciation for Joe's dedicated service to his community, to education, to the public relations profession, to the Nebraska P-16 Initiative and to the University of Nebraska.

Pictured: Regent Whitehouse, daughter, daughter, Sandy Rowson, President Milliken
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