Whereas, during his tenure as vice president and vice chancellor, John Owens has been an innovative leader and passionate advocate for the University of Nebraska, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Nebraska agricultural community and the state of Nebraska; and
Whereas, under his leadership, student recruitment efforts have been greatly strengthened, with significant and sustained growth in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and record enrollment in the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis; and
Whereas, Under John Owens’ leadership, contributions to the academic success of the University include the development of a joint professional program in veterinary medicine with Iowa State University; a PGA-accredited professional golf management program; a Doctor of Plant Health program that is only the second in the nation; new Ph.D. degrees in Integrated Biomedical Sciences and Natural Resources Sciences; a new School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and School of Natural Resources; and a wide range of new degree programs – many in collaboration with other colleges and institutions – that serve the needs of students and expand their career opportunities; and
Whereas, he has championed the University of Nebraska’s outreach mission through cooperative extension, regional research and extension centers in Scottsbluff, North Platte, Norfolk and Ithaca; the Nebraska Forest Service; and education and research centers in Nebraska City; the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory, and the Barta Brothers Ranch; and
Whereas, John Owens has managed steady and judicious growth of all aspects of the Institute during difficult budget times;
Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the University of Nebraska Board of Regents congratulates John Owens on his outstanding service as Vice President and Vice Chancellor, and wishes him well as he continues to pursue his interest in teaching and research as a faculty member.
Pictured: Regent McClurg; John Owens; Chancellor Perlman; President Milliken.