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04/14/2015 President’s Journal
President’s Journal
NU President Hank Bounds speaks to the 600-plus University of Nebraska retirees, representing all four campuses and a range of academic disciplines, who attended the annual retiree luncheon May 27 in LaVista.
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NU President Hank Bounds speaks
to the 600-plus University of Nebraska
retirees, representing all four campuses
and a range of academic disciplines, who attended
the annual retiree luncheon May 27 in LaVista.

A thank-you to NU retirees

LaVista | May 27, 2015

You might be surprised to know that the biggest event of the year – by far – for the University of Nebraska president’s office is our annual luncheon for NU retirees. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with more than 600 retirees who collectively gave countless years of service to the university over their careers.

Our retirees are a diverse group: former faculty and staff, representing all four university campuses and a wide range of academic fields. Some retired within the past year, while others left the university many years ago. What they share is a passion for the mission of the University of Nebraska to impact the lives of our students and people in our state and around the world. These former employees laid the groundwork for the momentum we enjoy today and I am grateful for their contributions – which certainly make my job a little easier!


NU President Hank Bounds addresses guests at the May 20 Nebraska Breakfast in Washington, D.C
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NU President Hank Bounds addresses guests
at the May 20 Nebraska Breakfast in
Washington, D.C. Members of Nebraska’s
congressional delegation are seated to his left.

Nebraskans on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. | May 18-20, 2015

What an honor to visit our nation’s capital and spend time with members of Nebraska’s congressional delegation. I and members of the Board of Regents who joined me in Washington thank our representatives for meeting with us and engaging in productive and collaborative discussions.

I want the University of Nebraska to dream big – and I was thrilled that our congressional delegation displayed the same enthusiasm for our potential for leadership in areas like medicine, agriculture, national security and other areas that matter to our state and the country. Working together with our federal partners, I am confident the university will continue our upward trajectory. My vision is for the University of Nebraska to be a giant in higher education, and Congress – which makes vital investments in research and student financial aid – will play an important role in our success.


NCTA: Open access, high quality and Nebraska-focused
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President Hank Bounds makes remarks at
lunch during TEDxLincolnWomen, held May 28
at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln.

TEDxLincolnWomen – inspiring women and girls here and around the world

Lincoln, NE | May 28, 2015

I was pleased to be a part of today’s sold-out TEDxLincolnWomen event at Nebraska Innovation Campus. The theme of “Momentum” perfectly fit our venue – the university’s research and development campus that will soon be bustling with activity by students, faculty and private sector workers. I joined 400-plus guests in listening to local leaders talk about the significant impact that women and girls can have in the world. We heard from Krupa Savalia, an M.D./Ph.D. scholar and former student regent from UNMC, about working with life’s unexpected outcomes.


NCTA: Open access, high quality and Nebraska-focused
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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.


On top of the world…
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On top of the world…

North Platte | April 13-14, 2015

What a treat to end Day 2 of my Nebraska tour with dinner at the beautiful Golden Spike Tower, which offers a panoramic view of the world’s largest railyard. The scenery was stunning, the food was delicious, and the conversation with university stakeholders was rich and engaging. My thanks to those who participated, including the Chairman of the Board of Regents, Bob Phares, who hosted us in his hometown.


Continuing west
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Photo credit KRVN

Continuing west

Lexington & Gothenburg | April 13, 2015

After leaving Kearney, we were back on the road, heading west toward North Platte. En route, we made a quick stop at KRVN radio in Lexington for a meet-and-greet with the news team and community leaders. I had a great time visiting with news director Dave Schroeder, checking out the station and meeting people who care about their university and its role in serving agriculture in particular. You can see more from my KRVN visit here.


Experiencing LifeAsALoper
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Experiencing #LifeAsALoper

Kearney, NE | April 13, 2015

It’s a great time to be a Loper. That much was clear during my visit to the University of Nebraska at Kearney today, where faculty, staff, students and stakeholders gave me a very warm welcome. And I loved being greeted by the Archway on my drive into town! There’s a real sense of energy and momentum on the UNK campus, and for good reason. UNK is doing more than ever to serve the Kearney community and the region – meeting student needs, producing talented graduates, driving the economy and enriching the quality of life for Nebraskans.


Raising Nebraska, and Nebraskans
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Raising Nebraska, and Nebraskans

Grand Island, NE | April 13, 2015

What a way to start Day 2 of my Nebraska tour. The Raising Nebraska site in Grand Island – a collaborative effort of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Nebraska Department of Agriculture and the State Fair – was unlike anything I’ve seen. I hope every Nebraskan will take the opportunity to visit this facility to learn how food gets from the farm to our tables. The exhibits are interactive, fun and educational. I got to “walk” my 1,500-mile travel route on an interactive map…a less demanding experience than driving it! An engaged and impressive group of community leaders and university stakeholders joined me and our Regent host, Kent Schroeder, for breakfast at Raising Nebraska and we had a productive dialogue about the university’s momentum and opportunity.


A dialogue with Nebraskans
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A dialogue with Nebraskans

Fremont & Columbus | April 12, 2015

After leaving Mead, we were back on the road to Fremont, where I was welcomed by a great crowd (and delicious treats from Alotta Brownies) at the beautiful Gallery 92 facility. I shared my thoughts on what attracted me to the NU presidency – starting with the deep connection the people of Nebraska have to this institution – and our responsibility to do even more to grow enrollment, help students graduate on time and with less debt, conduct research in relevant areas like water and agriculture, and continue the good work of Nebraska Extension in serving people across the state. I’m glad I came prepared with my pen and notepad, because our friends in Fremont gave me thoughtful ideas on how the university can be even more successful going forward.


Solving the ag challenges of tomorrow, with research today
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Solving the ag challenges of tomorrow, with research today

Mead, NE | April 12, 2015

And we’re off! Today I began a six-day road trip across Nebraska that will help me get to know the state I now call home. Over the next week, I’ll visit roughly 20 Nebraska communities to talk to a diverse range of citizens about how we can work together to build an even stronger university. I have lots of ground to cover in the days ahead, but I’m energized by the opportunity to listen and learn from people who care deeply about the future of their university – faculty and students, agricultural and business leaders, donors and alumni, farmers and ranchers, and community members across this great state. Their passion for, and investment in, this university is inspiring.

03/12/2015 Meet Hank Bounds
President Bounds
Getting to Know Nebraska Tour with New University of Nebraska President Hank M. Bounds

During his first week as president of the University of Nebraska, Hank Bounds plans to travel the state on a "getting to know Nebraska tour." With stops in communities all across Nebraska, Dr. Bounds' itinerary is intended to showcase the diversity of the state and introduce him to a large number of people who care deeply about the future of Nebraska and its only public university.

He will meet with business, civic, education and ag leaders and will visit several high schools, community colleges and state colleges in addition to university campuses and research and extension facilities.

Dr. Bounds will be accompanied on the April 12-17 trip by Ronnie Green, vice president for agriculture and vice chancellor of the Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Brian Hastings, president and chief executive officer of the University of Nebraska Foundation. Members of the Board of Regents and friends of the university will host meetings and events in more than a dozen communities over six days.

We are pleased you will also be a part of Dr. Bounds' first week experience, and invite you to get to know him—as he gets to know Nebraska.

Please click on the links below and tell us which events you will be able to attend.

Getting to Know Nebraska Tour
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12:00 PM | AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER
2:00 PM | Gallery 92 West
5:30 PM | The Evans House
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7:30 AM | Nebraska State Fair, Raising Nebraska site
12:30 PM | University of Nebraska at Kearney, Nebraskan Student Union
6:30 PM | Golden Spike Tower
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5:30 PM | Buffalo Point Steakhouse & Grill
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7:15 AM | Farm and Ranch Museum
6:30 PM | Chadron State College, Student Center
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7:00 PM | Norfolk Country Club
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12:30 PM | Nielsen Community Center
6:00 PM | Lied Lodge

If you have any questions, please contact the University of Nebraska Office of the President at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (402) 472-8636.

01/12/2015 President
President Bounds
University of Nebraska President Hank M. Bounds, Ph.D.

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.

President Bounds
Presidential Background

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.

President’s Journal
NU President Hank Bounds speaks to the 600-plus University of Nebraska retirees, representing all four campuses and a range of academic disciplines, who attended the annual retiree luncheon May 27 in LaVista.
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NU President Hank Bounds speaks
to the 600-plus University of Nebraska
retirees, representing all four campuses
and a range of academic disciplines, who attended
the annual retiree luncheon May 27 in LaVista.

A thank-you to NU retirees

LaVista | May 27, 2015

You might be surprised to know that the biggest event of the year – by far – for the University of Nebraska president’s office is our annual luncheon for NU retirees. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with more than 600 retirees who collectively gave countless years of service to the university over their careers.

Our retirees are a diverse group: former faculty and staff, representing all four university campuses and a wide range of academic fields. Some retired within the past year, while others left the university many years ago. What they share is a passion for the mission of the University of Nebraska to impact the lives of our students and people in our state and around the world. These former employees laid the groundwork for the momentum we enjoy today and I am grateful for their contributions – which certainly make my job a little easier!



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"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
Videos
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
Media Coverage
Dr. Hank Bounds: His journey from Mississippi farm boy to NU’s 7th president
"There’s an opportunity to collaborate in a way that makes us unique across this country…It’s that kind of place where you can think about making a real difference."
— L Magazine (June 23, 2015)
Editorial: Modest NU tuition increase appropriate
“The regents and new NU President Hank Bounds deserve credit for keeping the tuition increases to a minimum. In fact, other than the two-year freeze, the tuition increases are the lowest the university has had in 30 years.”
— Grand Island Independent (June 17, 2015)
World-Herald editorial: Sound budget ideas at NU
“The NU president has grounded his budget strategy in three sound priorities: affordability and accessibility for students; investing in university talent and strengthening Nebraska’s economy; and promoting cost-effectiveness.”
— Omaha World-Herald (June 14, 2015)
Bounds: Business community essential in making university great
“The university can help increase the workforce pool by increasing enrollment, attracting more students from other states and increasing its graduation rate, [Bounds] said.”
— Lincoln Journal Star (June 11, 2015)
President’s Advisory Council

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.

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05/28/2014 May 28, 2014: Statement from Board of Regents Chairman regarding the governor’s candidacy for president

“The Board of Regents has an established process in place for recruiting and selecting the next president of the University of Nebraska which involves equal treatment and consideration of all individuals who wish to be considered for the position. My colleagues and I, as well as the other members of the presidential search committees, will respect and maintain the confidentiality of the search process until four finalists are publicly identified in accordance with Nebraska law.

“Our immediate focus is on attracting a deep, rich and diverse pool of applicants from throughout the country. It would be most unfortunate for the citizens of the state if any particular person’s interest in the position resulted in undermining the legitimacy of the search and kept any highly qualified individuals from applying for the presidency.

“Let me be very clear. This is a fair and competitive process and the Board of Regents seeks and welcomes the candidacy of any person, including the governor, who believes he or she has the qualifications and experiences necessary to effectively lead the University of Nebraska. Our objective is to seek, vet, and hire the most qualified candidate.

“Now that the governor has publicly announced his candidacy for the position, his current requests for one-on-one meetings with the members of the Board of Regents, chancellors and other administrators, and search committee members are inappropriate and will not be honored. To do so would present a problem of fairness and it is not practical to track and offer comparable opportunities to all candidates.”

05/22/2014 May 22, 2014: Statement from Board of Regents Chairman Howard Hawks regarding the presidential search
“The Board of Regents has launched a national search to identify and recruit the most highly qualified and capable candidates for the position of president of the University of Nebraska. Although it is still quite early in the process, we are pleased with the significantly growing national interest already being shown in the position. Our goal, with the assistance of our search consultants, is to build as deep, rich and diverse a pool of applicants as is possible from throughout the country.

“There has been a level of attention given to public comments made by Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman this week regarding his possible interest in being considered for the presidency. Obviously, the Board of Regents would welcome the governor’s application for the position, just as we will the candidacy of any other individual who believes he or she has the qualifications and experiences necessary to effectively lead our university system and to continue its positive momentum and trajectory.

“We have every expectation that this nationwide search will attract a wide range of candidates from varied backgrounds. Should the governor decide to apply for the position, his candidacy would be considered and evaluated like that of any other applicant. This will be an open, fair and competitive search for the best person possible to lead the University of Nebraska. The search process is designed to be confidential until four finalists are publicly named, in accordance with Nebraska statutes. On the other hand, it is obvious that potential candidates may choose to reveal their interest.

“In my view, it would be inappropriate for the Board of Regents to comment or to speculate regarding the possible candidacy of any individuals. It is in the best interest of the University of Nebraska that the confidentiality of the search process be respected and maintained. The Board of Regents does not intend to reveal the names of any nominees or applicants for the position until four finalists are publicly identified.

“We look forward to having a large and robust pool of applicants from which to choose the best candidate to be the next president of the University of Nebraska.”
05/05/2014 Interim President James Linder
Interim President Linder

Interim President
James Linder

James Linder CV

For nearly 150 years, we have served the people of the state through affordable access to excellent education, research that grows the economy, and outreach in all 93 counties. We are proud to be the state’s only public university, rooted in the land-grant traditions of service and accessibility.

In the 21st century, our mission is more important than ever. Our focus on serving Nebraskans first remains, but today we are globally engaged, providing rich opportunities for students and faculty on our four campuses to help address the complex challenges facing Nebraska and the world: water and food security, disease, hunger, poverty, human capital development. Our faculty are widely recognized for their work in agriculture, public health, early childhood education, rural issues, national security and defense, cancer research and care, engineering and information sciences, and other important areas.

Our first priority is affordable excellence – and we’re proud of our record. Each of our campuses provides high-quality education for a great value. Our investments in financial aid have never been higher. At a time when demand for college-educated workers in Nebraska is expected to grow significantly, we are more committed than ever to expanding access to education to all who can benefit from it.

The University of Nebraska focuses the energies and ideas of 50,000 diverse students and 13,000 talented faculty and staff for the benefit of the state. Our campuses – which have been transformed in recent years with new facilities for student life, research and education – are hubs of innovation, creativity, cultural activity and economic growth. This is an exciting time in the university’s history, and I am grateful to be a part of it. As a Nebraskan myself and a member of the faculty for more than 30 years, I take great pride in the vital role the university plays in ensuring the state’s success. I believe that role has never been more important.

I invite you to contact me with your comments or questions, and to visit our campuses to witness our momentum firsthand. Thank you for your interest in the University of Nebraska.

Sincerely,

James Linder, M.D.
Interim President
University of Nebraska

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05/05/2014 Interim President Linder
Interim President Linder
Interim President
Jim Linder
Dr. Linder is very familiar with the university, having served in faculty and administrative positions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and in the Office of the President on a full- or part-time basis for more than 30 years. Currently, he is senior associate to the president for innovation and economic competitiveness and president of the University Technology Development Corporation. He also recently chaired the successful search for the new UNMC chancellor. 

Dr. Linder holds an appointment as professor of pathology and microbiology at UNMC, where he received his medical degree and has served on the faculty since 1983. During that time, he has held a number of administrative positions, including vice chair of pathology, director of surgical pathology and cytopathology, associate dean for academic affairs, interim dean of the College of Medicine, associate vice chancellor for research and CEO of UNeMed. He also has extensive experience in the private sector. 

Dr. Linder is widely published and holds multiple patents. He and his wife, Karen Linder, founded and manage Linseed Capital, which supports early-stage startup companies in the Midwest. 
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