“This year’s community-based meeting is particularly important to the board and the university, because we will spend time discussing educational needs and economic development successes and best practices with leaders from northwest Nebraska,” Milliken said. “The meeting will help us understand what programs and organizations are contributing to economic development around the state.”
The Chadron meeting will also include a breakfast and dinner with regional leaders, and a two-hour panel discussion on economic development. Panelists are Chuck Hibberd (director, Panhandle Research and Extension Center,) Jim Goeke (hydrologist, UNL Extension Center, North Platte,) Susie Baird (executive director, Box Butte Development, Alliance,) Hod Kosman (president and CEO, Platte Valley Companies, Scottsbluff,) and Fred Hlava (city manager, Gordon.) Additionally, board members will tour Chadron State College, the Mari Sandoz Center museum, a wood chip power generator and a distance education facility. The afternoon will conclude with a visit to the Fort Robinson museum and the Trailside Museum of Natural History.
The meeting will provide an opportunity for board members to focus on the university’s strategic planning, which emphasizes increasing the college going rate throughout Nebraska, providing affordable access to education, developing and sustaining high quality programs of study, building a talented, competitive workforce for the 21st century, and pursuing excellence in research.