04/18/2014 Presidential Search Committees to Meet
04/18/2014

The initial meetings of the Presidential Search Outreach and Advisory Committee and the Presidential Search Screening and Selection Committee will be held on Friday, April 25, at Varner Hall, located at 3835 Holdrege Street in Lincoln.

  • The Screening and Selection Committee will meet beginning at 8 a.m. in Room #13 in the lower level of Varner Hall.

  • The Outreach and Advisory Committee will meet beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Board Room in the lower level of Varner Hall.


The agendas for the meetings may be found online.
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04/18/2014 Presidential Search Screening and Selection Committee

The Presidential Search Screening and Selection Committee was established by the Board of Regents to review and evaluate application materials, select and interview leading prospects, conduct and/or review reference checks, and recommend to the Board of Regents no fewer than four candidates who agree to become public finalists for the position.

The 13 members of the committee include:

  • Howard Hawks, Board of Regent, District 2, Omaha (Chair)
  • Susie Buffett, Chairman, Sherwood Foundation, Omaha
  • Jeffrey Gold, Chancellor, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Brian Hastings, President and Chief Executive Officer, University of Nebraska Foundation, Lincoln
  • Jordan Koch, Student Regent, University of Nebraska at Omaha, senior majoring in elementary education, Yankton, South Dakota
  • Marjorie Kostelnik, Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Steve Nelson, President, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Axtell
  • Krupa Savalia, Student Regent, University of Nebraska Medical Center, M.D./Ph.D. Scholars Program, West Orange, New Jersey
  • Rob Schafer, Board of Regents, District 5, Beatrice
  • Kent Schroeder, Board of Regents, District 6, Kearney
  • Julie Shaffer, Professor of Biology, College of Natural and Social Sciences, University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Thomas Warren, President, Urban League, Omaha
  • Bob Whitehouse, Board of Regents, District 4, Papillion

The Board also has established a separate Presidential Search Outreach and Advisory Committee to work with the consultants from Isaacson, Miller, the national search firm engaged by the Board, to solicit stakeholder input on issues facing the university and qualities the university should seek in the next president, conduct a broad and inclusive search, seek nominations and applications for the position, and determine how well potential candidates meet criteria established by the Board.

Final selection of the next president will be made by the Board of Regents following university visits and public forums by the finalists that will provide opportunities for Nebraska citizens and university constituents to meet the candidates and provide feedback to the Board.

03/19/2014 A message from Board of Regents Chairman Howard Hawks on the presidential search

A message from Board of Regents Chairman Howard Hawks on the presidential search

As you know, President James B. Milliken has accepted the position of chancellor of the City University of New York and soon will be leaving Nebraska. I’m very pleased to tell you that at our meeting on Friday, the Board of Regents will consider the appointment of James Linder, M.D., of Omaha, as interim president, effective May 3, 2014.

Dr. Linder is very familiar with the university, having served in faculty and administrative positions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and in the Office of the President on a full- or part-time basis for more than 30 years. Currently, he is senior associate to the president for innovation and economic competitiveness and president of the University Technology Development Corporation. He also recently chaired the successful search for the new UNMC chancellor.

Dr. Linder holds an appointment as professor of pathology and microbiology at UNMC, where he received his medical degree and has served on the faculty since 1983. During that time, he has held a number of administrative positions, including vice chair of pathology, director of surgical pathology and cytopathology, associate dean for academic affairs, interim dean of the College of Medicine, associate vice chancellor for research and CEO of UNeMed. He also has extensive experience in the private sector.

Dr. Linder is widely published and holds multiple patents. He and his wife, Karen Linder, founded and manage Linseed Capital, which supports early-stage startup companies in the Midwest.

The Board of Regents considered several outstanding candidates for interim president, and Dr. Linder emerged as our consensus top choice to lead the university during this period of transition. He is deeply committed to our mission to serve Nebraskans through teaching, research and service, and he understands how important it is to maintain the momentum each campus is experiencing today because of your hard work. We believe he will do an excellent job.

Dr. Linder will spend the month of April working closely with President Milliken to help ensure a smooth transition. We expect him to remain interim president until the national search is successfully completed and the new president begins. He and the Board have mutually agreed that he will not be a candidate for the permanent position.

Much work remains for my colleagues on the Board and me as we continue the presidential search. President Milliken will be difficult to replace, but we are committed to finding the right person who can build on the University of Nebraska’s impressive trajectory. We hope you will continue to provide us your feedback on the search at www.nebraska.edu/presidentsearch.

Thank you for your commitment and contribution to the success of the University of Nebraska.

Sincerely,

Howard L. Hawks
Chair
Board of Regents

04/18/2014 Presidential Search Outreach and Advisory Committee

The Presidential Search Outreach and Advisory Committee was established by the Board of Regents to work with the consultants from Isaacson, Miller, the national search firm engaged by the Board, to solicit stakeholder input on issues facing the university and qualities the university should seek in the next president, conduct a broad and inclusive search, seek nominations and applications for the position, and determine how well potential candidates meet criteria established by the Board.

The 21 members of the committee include:

  • Tim Clare, Board of Regents, District 1, Lincoln (Co-chair)
  • Bob Phares, Board of Regents, District 7, North Platte (Co-chair)
  • Renaisa Anthony, Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Deputy Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Gail Baker, Dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Juan Casas, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Hal Daub, Board of Regents, District 8, Omaha
  • Herbert O. (Dele) Davies, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Helen Abbott Feller, President of Churn Thoroughbred Farm, Inc., Wisner
  • Ronnie Green, Vice President of Agriculture, University of Nebraska and Vice Chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Barry Kennedy, President of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lincoln
  • Kevin Knudson, Student Regent, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, junior majoring in political science, Omaha
  • John Massey, Director and President of J.G. Elliott Insurance Center and member of the Board of Directors of the University of Nebraska Foundation and Foundation Trustee, Scottsbluff
  • Dawn Mollenkopf, Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education, College of Education, University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Joseph Oravecz, Dean of the Division of Student Affairs, University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Tonn Ostergard, President and CEO of Crete Carrier Corporation and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the University of Nebraska Foundation, Lincoln
  • Harvey Perlman, Chancellor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Jim Pillen, Board of Regents, District 3, Columbus
  • Connor Schulte, Student Regent, University of Nebraska at Kearney, junior majoring in advertising and public relations, Kearney
  • Judy Walker, Aaron Douglas Professor and Chairperson of Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Charles (Chuck) Wilson, retired physician and former member of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, Lincoln
  • Gail Walling Yanney, retired physician, community volunteer and philanthropist, Omaha

The Board has also established a separate Presidential Search Screening and Selection committee which will review and evaluate application materials, select and interview leading prospects, conduct and/or review reference checks, and recommend to the Board of Regents no fewer than four candidates who agree to become public finalists for the position.

Final selection of the next president will be made by the Board of Regents following university visits and public forums by the finalists that will provide opportunities for Nebraska citizens and university constituents to meet the candidates and provide feedback to the Board.

03/11/2014 Applications, Inquiries and Nominations

The University of Nebraska recruits and encourages individuals, regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or religious beliefs. Acceptance of applications, inquiries, and nominations will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Applicants are encouraged to send a detailed letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for five references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Electronic correspondence is strongly preferred. Inquiries and nominations may be submitted to the same e-mail address or one can contact the search firm representatives at the address or phone number listed below.

im David Bellshaw and Bernard Jones
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.655.4900
Fax: 415.655.4905

The University of Nebraska is an Affirmative Action / Equal Employment Opportunity employer, which seeks and encourages expression of interest from minorities and groups traditionally under represented.

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