04/14/2015 Travel Journal
Travel Journal
NCTA: Open access, high quality and Nebraska-focused
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NCTA: Open access, high quality & Nebraska-focused

Curtis, NE | April 14, 2015

Welcome to Curtis, Neb...where you can drink a glass of the best-tasting rural water in the country and ride your horse anywhere as long as you stay off the golf course. I’d been looking forward to my visit to the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture for quite some time, and the tour and luncheon with faculty, staff and students arranged by Dean Ron Rosati and his team didn’t disappoint.


On top of the world…
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On top of the world…

North Platte | April 13-14, 2015

What a treat to end Day 2 of my Nebraska tour with dinner at the beautiful Golden Spike Tower, which offers a panoramic view of the world’s largest railyard. The scenery was stunning, the food was delicious, and the conversation with university stakeholders was rich and engaging. My thanks to those who participated, including the Chairman of the Board of Regents, Bob Phares, who hosted us in his hometown.


Continuing west
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Continuing west

Lexington & Gothenburg | April 13, 2015

After leaving Kearney, we were back on the road, heading west toward North Platte. En route, we made a quick stop at KRVN radio in Lexington for a meet-and-greet with the news team and community leaders. I had a great time visiting with news director Dave Schroeder, checking out the station and meeting people who care about their university and its role in serving agriculture in particular. You can see more from my KRVN visit here.


Experiencing LifeAsALoper
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Experiencing #LifeAsALoper

Kearney, NE | April 13, 2015

It’s a great time to be a Loper. That much was clear during my visit to the University of Nebraska at Kearney today, where faculty, staff, students and stakeholders gave me a very warm welcome. And I loved being greeted by the Archway on my drive into town! There’s a real sense of energy and momentum on the UNK campus, and for good reason. UNK is doing more than ever to serve the Kearney community and the region – meeting student needs, producing talented graduates, driving the economy and enriching the quality of life for Nebraskans.


Raising Nebraska, and Nebraskans
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Raising Nebraska, and Nebraskans

Grand Island, NE | April 13, 2015

What a way to start Day 2 of my Nebraska tour. The Raising Nebraska site in Grand Island – a collaborative effort of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Nebraska Department of Agriculture and the State Fair – was unlike anything I’ve seen. I hope every Nebraskan will take the opportunity to visit this facility to learn how food gets from the farm to our tables. The exhibits are interactive, fun and educational. I got to “walk” my 1,500-mile travel route on an interactive map…a less demanding experience than driving it! An engaged and impressive group of community leaders and university stakeholders joined me and our Regent host, Kent Schroeder, for breakfast at Raising Nebraska and we had a productive dialogue about the university’s momentum and opportunity.


A dialogue with Nebraskans
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A dialogue with Nebraskans

Fremont & Columbus | April 12, 2015

After leaving Mead, we were back on the road to Fremont, where I was welcomed by a great crowd (and delicious treats from Alotta Brownies) at the beautiful Gallery 92 facility. I shared my thoughts on what attracted me to the NU presidency – starting with the deep connection the people of Nebraska have to this institution – and our responsibility to do even more to grow enrollment, help students graduate on time and with less debt, conduct research in relevant areas like water and agriculture, and continue the good work of Nebraska Extension in serving people across the state. I’m glad I came prepared with my pen and notepad, because our friends in Fremont gave me thoughtful ideas on how the university can be even more successful going forward.


Solving the ag challenges of tomorrow, with research today
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Solving the ag challenges of tomorrow, with research today

Mead, NE | April 12, 2015

And we’re off! Today I began a six-day road trip across Nebraska that will help me get to know the state I now call home. Over the next week, I’ll visit roughly 20 Nebraska communities to talk to a diverse range of citizens about how we can work together to build an even stronger university. I have lots of ground to cover in the days ahead, but I’m energized by the opportunity to listen and learn from people who care deeply about the future of their university – faculty and students, agricultural and business leaders, donors and alumni, farmers and ranchers, and community members across this great state. Their passion for, and investment in, this university is inspiring.

Date Recipient
03/12/2015 Meet Hank Bounds
President Bounds
Getting to Know Nebraska Tour with New University of Nebraska President Hank M. Bounds

During his first week as president of the University of Nebraska, Hank Bounds plans to travel the state on a "getting to know Nebraska tour." With stops in communities all across Nebraska, Dr. Bounds' itinerary is intended to showcase the diversity of the state and introduce him to a large number of people who care deeply about the future of Nebraska and its only public university.

He will meet with business, civic, education and ag leaders and will visit several high schools, community colleges and state colleges in addition to university campuses and research and extension facilities.

Dr. Bounds will be accompanied on the April 12-17 trip by Ronnie Green, vice president for agriculture and vice chancellor of the Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Brian Hastings, president and chief executive officer of the University of Nebraska Foundation. Members of the Board of Regents and friends of the university will host meetings and events in more than a dozen communities over six days.

We are pleased you will also be a part of Dr. Bounds' first week experience, and invite you to get to know him—as he gets to know Nebraska.

Please click on the links below and tell us which events you will be able to attend.

Getting to Know Nebraska Tour
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12:00 PM | AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER
2:00 PM | Gallery 92 West
5:30 PM | The Evans House
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7:30 AM | Nebraska State Fair, Raising Nebraska site
12:30 PM | University of Nebraska at Kearney, Nebraskan Student Union
6:30 PM | Golden Spike Tower
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5:30 PM | Buffalo Point Steakhouse & Grill
APR
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7:15 AM | Farm and Ranch Museum
6:30 PM | Chadron State College, Student Center
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7:00 PM | Norfolk Country Club
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12:30 PM | Nielsen Community Center
6:00 PM | Lied Lodge

If you have any questions, please contact the University of Nebraska Office of the President at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (402) 472-8636.

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01/12/2015 President
President Bounds
University of Nebraska President Hank M. Bounds, Ph.D.

On January 12, 2015, the Board of Regents appointed lifelong educator Hank M. Bounds, Ph.D., as the seventh president of the University of Nebraska. Dr. Bounds, a first-generation traditional college student who has devoted his entire 25-year career to education, has served as commissioner of higher education for the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning since 2009.

Dr. Bounds was selected for the NU presidency following an extensive national search that engaged hundreds of Nebraskans. He will begin his tenure on April 13, 2015.

We invite Nebraskans to join the conversation welcoming Dr. Bounds and his family to the university by using #NewNUPrez.

President Bounds
Presidential Background

Dr. Hank Bounds has spent his career helping change students’ lives in the way education impacted his own life. He began as a high school teacher, then rose to principal, superintendent and state superintendent before becoming Mississippi’s commissioner of higher education. There, he has been committed to expanding opportunities for students and building partnerships with key constituents.

He and his wife, Susie, have two children, Will and Caroline.

Nebraska Travel Journal
NCTA: Open access, high quality and Nebraska-focused
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NCTA: Open access, high quality & Nebraska-focused

Curtis, NE | April 14, 2015

Welcome to Curtis, Neb...where you can drink a glass of the best-tasting rural water in the country and ride your horse anywhere as long as you stay off the golf course. I’d been looking forward to my visit to the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture for quite some time, and the tour and luncheon with faculty, staff and students arranged by Dean Ron Rosati and his team didn’t disappoint.



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"In addition to boasting a rich history, the university is poised for an even brighter future as a giant in higher education and I look forward to working with the university family as it continues to serve as a catalyst for change…I am humbled
to have the opportunity to lead this prestigious university."
—Dr. Hank Bounds, University of Nebraska President
Videos
Bounds Throws First Pitch at Husker/K State Baseball Game
April 22, 2015
"Dream With Me": Monthly Presidential Video
April 13, 2015
Bounds Recognized at 2015 Husker Spring Game
April 11, 2015
Media Coverage
NU’s new leader has street cred in Nebraska
“From a simple beginning, Bounds has worked his way to a place where people respect a humble demeanor, smart decisions and hard work.”
— Kearney Hub (April 14, 2015)
NU President Bounds visits UNK as part of getting-to-know Nebraska tour
“Bounds said part of his reason for taking the job was that he wanted to lead a university with the potential to change the world.”
— Kearney Hub (April 14, 2015)
New NU president ‘Getting to Know Nebraska’
“Bounds said he found the University of Nebraska as an institution that could make a difference in the world through its various institutes including Water for Food and Rural Futures.”
— KRVN (April 13, 2015)
Workforce challenges dominate discussion with NU president
“Bounds said he wants the university to be interested in helping solve Nebraska’s employment issues and that starts with convincing more youths that they can be successful and earn college degrees.”
— Columbus Telegram (April 13, 2015)
05/28/2014 May 28, 2014: Statement from Board of Regents Chairman regarding the governor’s candidacy for president

“The Board of Regents has an established process in place for recruiting and selecting the next president of the University of Nebraska which involves equal treatment and consideration of all individuals who wish to be considered for the position. My colleagues and I, as well as the other members of the presidential search committees, will respect and maintain the confidentiality of the search process until four finalists are publicly identified in accordance with Nebraska law.

“Our immediate focus is on attracting a deep, rich and diverse pool of applicants from throughout the country. It would be most unfortunate for the citizens of the state if any particular person’s interest in the position resulted in undermining the legitimacy of the search and kept any highly qualified individuals from applying for the presidency.

“Let me be very clear. This is a fair and competitive process and the Board of Regents seeks and welcomes the candidacy of any person, including the governor, who believes he or she has the qualifications and experiences necessary to effectively lead the University of Nebraska. Our objective is to seek, vet, and hire the most qualified candidate.

“Now that the governor has publicly announced his candidacy for the position, his current requests for one-on-one meetings with the members of the Board of Regents, chancellors and other administrators, and search committee members are inappropriate and will not be honored. To do so would present a problem of fairness and it is not practical to track and offer comparable opportunities to all candidates.”

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