McGinnis steps down as PKI executive director

Dr. Michael L. McGinnis has resigned as executive director of the University of Nebraska’s Peter Kiewit Institute of Information Science, Technology and Engineering.

“Dr. McGinnis has informed us of his decision to step down from his position to pursue other opportunities,” said NU President James B. Milliken. “There has been much progress at PKI during his tenure as executive director, and we wish him well.”

Prior to joining PKI in June 2009, McGinnis was executive director of the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center at Old Dominion University and served as head of the Systems Engineering Department at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a graduate of West Point, and served in the military for 29 years, retiring with the rank of Brigadier General.

Milliken said he has asked Dr. Scott D. Snyder, associate vice chancellor for research and creative activity at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, to serve as interim director of PKI, and Dr. Snyder has agreed.

“Last month we announced exciting new plans for expansion of PKI programs,” Milliken said. “We intend to move forward aggressively to implement the new plans, working with UNO and UNL campus leadership.”

Established in 1997, the Peter Kiewit Institute combines UNL’s College of Engineering and UNO’s College of Information Science & Technology to provide students with an innovative education. The Institute is home to nearly 2,000 students, with plans for significant growth in the coming years to help PKI realize its full potential. 

In accepting the plan of NU leadership to move PKI to the next level of excellence, the Board of Regents requested an integrated strategic plan for the Institute that will include benchmarks for enrollment, program development, faculty hiring and engagement with business and industry. The plan, which will build on the strategic plans of PKI’s two affiliate colleges as well as an assessment of workforce demands being conducted in partnership with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, will be submitted to the Board’s Academic Affairs committee by Dec. 31.

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