“There has never been a more important time for the University of Nebraska to engage in new ways with the citizens of the state,” Milliken said. “Throughout his voluntary, appointed and elected public service, Pete Kotsiopulos has demonstrated an ability to bring diverse interests together for the common good. As an entrepreneur, he understands the needs of small and medium-sized businesses and will help the university build relationships and share its knowledge and resources throughout the state. As a life-long Nebraskan, he understands the needs of urban and rural communities and the importance of agriculture and can help lead the university’s efforts to partner with the public and private sectors to build Nebraska’s economic competitiveness.”
Kotsiopulos, 57, is a former four-term mayor of Kearney and member of its city council. He is general manager and president of Liberty Services Inc., a dry cleaning and formal wear business with locations throughout central Nebraska.
“I view education in general, and the University of Nebraska in particular, as key to the economic success of the state,” Kotsiopulos said. “Throughout my career I have worked to build partnerships among business, government, and education. I am excited about the renewed commitment of the university to serve Nebraska, and I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to put my experiences and knowledge of Nebraska to work for the university and the citizens of the state.”
Kotsiopulos is a former chairman and member of the Nebraska State College Board of Trustees and the Nebraska Postsecondary Education Commission. He is a member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Council at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and a former member of the Board of Counselors at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He has served on the boards of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Nebraska League of Municipalities. And he is involved in numerous civic organizations including the Boy Scouts of America, United Way, the Kearney Family YMCA, and the Great Platte River Road Archway Foundation, among others. He received a bachelor’s degree from Kearney State College in 1970.
Kotsiopulos will begin his new responsibilities on July 1 and will earn $160,000.
For more information, contact Dara Troutman, Senior Associate to the President, at (402) 326-8072.