On January 12, 2015, the Board of Regents appointed lifelong educator Hank M. Bounds, Ph.D., as the seventh president of the University of Nebraska. Dr. Bounds, a first-generation traditional college student who has devoted his entire 25-year career to education, has served as commissioner of higher education for the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning since 2009.
Dr. Bounds was selected for the NU presidency following an extensive national search that engaged hundreds of Nebraskans. He began his tenure on April 13, 2015.
We invite Nebraskans to join the conversation welcoming Dr. Bounds and his family to the university by using #NewNUPrez.
Dr. Hank Bounds has spent his career helping change students’ lives in the way education impacted his own life. He began as a high school teacher, then rose to principal, superintendent and state superintendent before becoming Mississippi’s commissioner of higher education. There, he has been committed to expanding opportunities for students and building partnerships with key constituents.
He and his wife, Susie, have two children, Will and Caroline.
NCTA: Open access, high quality & Nebraska-focused
Curtis, NE | April 14, 2015
Welcome to Curtis, Neb...where you can drink a glass of the best-tasting rural water in the country and ride your horse anywhere as long as you stay off the golf course. I’d been looking forward to my visit to the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture for quite some time, and the tour and luncheon with faculty, staff and students arranged by Dean Ron Rosati and his team didn’t disappoint.
NCTA plays a unique and important role within the University of Nebraska, offering affordable two-year programs that meet the needs of our state’s agricultural workforce. New and innovative academic programs are underway, including those in irrigation technology and urban agriculture, and the college’s growth – both in terms of enrollment and its physical presence – is impressive. Taken together, there’s a real sense of momentum and possibility on campus that came alive for me as I listened and learned from students and employees. Students showed me what they’re learning in horse training, equine care and animal handling courses, and I got a firsthand look at the work being done by talented faculty and staff…including a surgery on a cat who’d eaten a penny! While I was touring, it was bathtime for a large snake named Monte. I passed…this time.
With my own background in agriculture, I understand well the vital role agriculture plays in ensuring Nebraska’s continued economic strength. The 380-plus students enrolled at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture should be congratulated for choosing to pursue their education in a field where the jobs are good and demand is high. NCTA is enjoying great success in meeting workforce needs and forming mutually beneficial partnerships with industry leaders, including the Nebraska Cattlemen, Farm Bureau, Corn Growers Association and the Wheat Board, that advance Nebraska agriculture. This campus is on an exciting trajectory. I can’t wait to return!
University of Nebraska Board of Regents
Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning
University of Nebraska Board of Regents
University of Nebraska Medical Center
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Nebraska Farm Bureau
|"In addition to boasting a rich history, the university is poised for an even brighter future as a giant in higher education and I look forward to working with the university family as it continues to serve as a catalyst for change…I am humbled
to have the opportunity to lead this prestigious university."
—Dr. Hank Bounds, University of Nebraska President
Bounds Throws First Pitch at Husker/K State Baseball Game
April 22, 2015
"Dream With Me": Monthly Presidential Video
April 13, 2015
Bounds Recognized at 2015 Husker Spring Game
April 11, 2015
The University of Nebraska President’s Advisory Council (PAC) is an invitation-only group who serves in an advisory capacity to the University of Nebraska president. Members come from communities across the state and have varied backgrounds and experiences, but they share an interest in the University and its impact on our state.