University of Nebraska President J.B. Milliken will speak to the Grand Island Rotary Club on Tuesday, September 28 at the Riverside Golf Club. The meeting begins at 12:00 noon. In his remarks he will discuss the interdependent relationship between the University of Nebraska and the State of Nebraska and how the university can best serve the students and citizens of the state. President Milliken’s biography follows:
James B. ("J.B.") Milliken became the sixth president of the University of Nebraska on August 1, 2004. Prior to returning to the University of Nebraska, he served as the senior vice president for University Affairs for the 16-campus University of North Carolina (UNC).
Milliken joined UNC in August 1998 as the vice president for Public Affairs and University Advancement. He was named senior vice president in March 2003. The Division of University Affairs is responsible for state and federal government relations, communications, advancement, strategy development and policy analysis, and universitywide economic development activities. As senior vice president, Milliken worked closely with the Board of Governors, the president, and other senior staff members to develop UNC’s strategy, policies, and programs, and leads UNC’s efforts to build partnerships across the sectors of education, business, and government.
Prior to joining UNC, Milliken served as Vice President for External Affairs and Corporation Secretary for the University of Nebraska system. He also held a courtesy appointment as professor of Education Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he taught graduate seminars in higher education administration.
Before joining the University of Nebraska in 1988, Milliken practiced law in New York City at the firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. He has also worked in Washington as Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Virginia Smith. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Nebraska, where he earned a degree in English in 1979. He attended New York University School of Law as a Root-Tilden Scholar, graduating in 1983.
Milliken and his wife, Nana Smith, live with their three children in Lincoln, Nebraska.