Don Blank Named Regents’ Chair for Fourth Time
A McCook dentist, Blank was first elected to the Board of Regents in 1986, and was re-elected in 1992 and again in 1998. He is a former Mayor of McCook and has served as president of the Nebraska Jaycees and as national vice president of the U.S. Jaycees. He has served on the boards of the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry Alumni Association and the NEBRASKAland Foundation, and organized and served as president of the Southwest Nebraska Community Theatre Association. He is past president of the McCook Rotary Club.
Blank is a member of the Nebraska Dental Association Hall of Fame and the Nebraska Jaycees Association Hall of Fame. An avid barbershop singer, he was honored last August by the Nebraska Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA). He and his wife, Jan, have three adult sons, Jeffrey, Steven, and Randal.
University records show that, since the end of World War II, only one other regent was elected chairman four times: John Payne of Kearney, who served from 1981 to 1999.