NU Board of Regents to Meet April 16
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday, April 16, 2010, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8:30 a.m. and the Board meeting begins at 1 p.m. All meetings are open to the public. Meetings also will be audio-streamed live at

Following are highlights of the April meeting. A complete agenda and schedule is available here.

Academic Affairs Committee
8:30 a.m.: Health Care Reform – Implications for UNMC/Nebraska Medical Center
Presenter: John Benson Jr., M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine

9:15 a.m.: Update on College of Public Health Initiatives
Presenter: Ayman El-Mohandes, Dean, College of Public Health

9:45 a.m.: Strategic Framework Update
Presenter: Regent Bob Whitehouse

Outreach and Economic Development Ad Hoc Committee
10 a.m.: Strategic Framework Report – Entrepreneurship
Presenter: Pete Kotsiopulos, Vice President for University Affairs

10:15 a.m.: Break

Business Affairs Committee
10:30 a.m.: Legislative Update
Presenter: Ron Withem, Associate Vice President for University Affairs and Director of Governmental Relations

10:45 a.m.: Budget Updates – Preliminary FY2011 Operating Budget; FY2012-FY2013 Biennial Budget Outlook
Presenter: Chris Kabourek, Assistant Vice President and Director of Budget and Planning

11:45 a.m.: Strategic Framework Report – Faculty Merit Compensation
Presenter: Chris Kabourek, Assistant Vice President and Director of Budget and Planning

Noon: Lunch

1 p.m.: Board of Regents Meeting

The Board will be asked to approve:
  • A Professional Certificate in Public Health in the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The College plans to offer the certificate both on-site and via distance learning in order to increase access and meet the needs of the health professional workforce in Nebraska. (Addendum IX-A-2)
  • A Center for Global Health and Development in the College of Public Health at UNMC. The center would allow UNMC students and faculty to build international collaborations to address global health issues such as climate change, pandemic disease and bio-security. (Addendum IX-A-3)
  • A new Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Music in the School of Music and the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A Ph.D. in music is not available at any other institution in Nebraska, and the degree would meet a demand for highly qualified college instructors to deliver music teacher certification programs. (Addendum IX-A-5)
  • Establishment of the University of Nebraska – Boys Town Center on Child and Family Well-Being at UNL. This collaborative project between UNL and Boys Town has a goal of becoming a nationally recognized research center on developing and evaluating mental health, child welfare, behavioral, medication and educational programs for high-need and at-risk children. (Addendum IX-A-7)
  • Nebraska Innovation Campus Development Corporation Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. (Addendum IX-B-1)
  • 2010-2011 residence hall room and board rates at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis; and 2010-2011 housing rates at Scott Village, Maverick Village and University Village at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. (Addendums IX-B-2, IX-B-11, and IX-B-12)
  • Program statement and budget for the Behlen Collaboratory renovation at UNL. The renovation, to cost slightly more than $2 million, would provide improved space for the High-Power Laser Science Collaboratory, a federally funded research endeavor. Space in Behlen Lab is becoming available with the move of physics labs to the new Physical Sciences Building. (Addendum IX-B-4)
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