University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken today announced that former U.S. Senator David K. Karnes will chair a comprehensive planning effort on UNO athletics.
The planning process, which has been initiated recently, will include meetings with campus and community constituents, including booster clubs and other financial supporters. Milliken also said his internal audit staff has already begun a review of financial records relating to UNO athletic operations and sources and uses of funds.
I’m delighted that Senator Karnes is providing leadership for this planning effort, said J.B. Milliken, president of the University of Nebraska. "UNO athletic programs are very important to Omaha and to UNO, and both the community and the campus have a significant stake in the planning. I look forward to the committee’s analysis and any recommendations."
Regent Howard Hawks said, "This is a very positive step. Dave is a long-time supporter of UNO, and I’m confident that with his leadership and participation, the issues that have been raised will be addressed in a professional manner." Karnes has served for many years as president of the Maverick Council, the coordinating group for UNO booster clubs.
B.J. Reed, dean of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service, will work with Karnes to facilitate the committee’s work. Initial findings and recommendations will be presented to President Milliken and then to the Board of Regents at its meeting in Lincoln on September 8. At today’s meeting, UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck briefed the board on the strategic planning process. Belck identified issues and previous actions relating to the Athletic Department budget, and provided a timetable for planning on UNO’s conference affiliation and analysis of the costs and benefits of a move to NCAA Division I.