NU Board of Regents to Discuss Campus Construction, Financial Aid, and Legislative Priorities at January Meeting
(Lincoln, Neb. January 12, 2005)— The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet at Varner Hall (3835 Holdrege St.) in Lincoln on Thursday and Friday, January 19-20. The board’s new Outreach and Economic Development Task Force will meet Thursday. The Academic Affairs and Business Affairs committees will meet Friday morning, followed by a legislative update. The regular business meeting of the board will commence at 1:00 p.m. (

The agenda for Thursday’s meeting of the board’s Outreach and Economic Development Task Force follows:
1:00 p.m. Outreach and Economic Development Task Force
Topic: Rural Economic Development Efforts Panelists: Anita Hall, Extension Educator, Northeast Research and Extension Center
Beth Birnstihl, Associate Dean, IANR Connie Hancock, Extension educator, Panhandle Research and Extension Center
Topic: Agricultural Innovation
Panelists: John Witkowski, Director, Northeast Research and Extension Center
Steve Taylor, Professor, Food Science and Technology
Alan Baquet, Department Head, Agricultural Economics
Topic: Building Blocks for the Future
Panelists: Doug Kristensen, Chancellor, UNK
Bob Bernier, Assistant Dean, Nebraska Business Development Center
Sandy Scofield, Director, Nebraska Rural Initiative

Board committee meetings commence on the morning of Friday, January 20.

8:30 a.m. Academic Affairs Committee
Topic: Strategic Framework Update: Accountability Measures for Graduation Rates
Presenter: Jay Noren, Executive Vice President and Provost
Topic: Financial Aid Overview
Presenter: Jay Noren, Executive Vice President and Provost
Resource Panel: Craig Munier, Director of Scholarship & Financial Aid, UNL
Randall Sell, Director of Financial Aid, UNO
Mary Sommers, Director of Financial Aid, UNK

9:30 a.m. Business Affairs Committee
Topic: CCPE Recommended Practices: Capital Construction
Presenters: David Lechner, Vice President for Business and Finance
Richard Wood, Vice President and General Counsel
Topic: Strategic Framework Update: Administrative Cost Savings
Presenters: Randy Haack, Vice Chancellor for Business and Financial Aid, UNK
Jim Buck, Vice Chancellor for Administration, UNO
Don Leuenberger, Vice Chancellor Business and Finance, UNMC
Topic: UNO Housing Study
Presenters: Nancy Belck, Chancellor, UNO
Don Carter, Urban Design Associates
Barry Ward, BMW Consulting

11:00 a.m. Legislative Overview and University Agenda
Presenters: James B. Milliken, President
Ron Withem, Associate Vice President of University Affairs and Director of Government Relations
David Lechner, Vice President for Business and Finance
Rebecca Koller, Assistant Vice President for Business and Finance, Director of Facilities Planning and Management

The board meeting will commence at 1:00 p.m. Highlights of the meeting include:

  • Members of the board will elect new officers for 2006.
  • The board will be asked to approve the following:
  • Reappointment of Jan Thayer of Grand Island and Dr. Gail Walling Yanney of Omaha to the board of directors of the Nebraska Medical Center, effective January 1, 2006, for a term of three years; appointment of Duane Acklie of Lincoln to serve the remainder of the late Harlan Noddle’s unexpired term.
  • An additional spending authorization of $6 million relating to the investigation and clean up of chemical and low-level radioactive waste at the Agricultural Research and Development Center (ARDC) near Mead, Nebraska.
  • A contract for the purchase of real estate located at 673 So. 41st Street, Omaha; the property, which is within the UNMC campus, will serve as student housing.
  • An interlocal agreement with the City of Omaha for the construction and redesign of public street traffic lanes on and adjacent to the UNMC campus.
  • Construction to complete the UNMC Center for Health Science Education.
  • Additional student housing at UNO, including authorizing the issuance of a request for proposals for a private developer(s) and authorizing the president, in consultation with the board chair, to negotiate and approve a lease with the successful respondent to provide up to 400 additional beds.
  • The board will receive a report on a dual enrollment program at UNL that is the first to utilize the tuition variance policy approved by the board in June 2005.
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