NU Board of Regents to meet March 5
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday, March 5, 2010, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8 a.m. and the Board meeting begins at 10 a.m. All meetings are open to the public. Meetings also will be audio-streamed live at

Following are highlights of the March meeting. A complete agenda and schedule is available at, at the Board of Regents "Agendas & Minutes" page.

8 a.m.: Academic Affairs Committee

Topic: Strategic Framework Report – Research

Richard Hoffmann, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research, Office of the Provost
Prem Paul, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, UNL
Tom Rosenquist, Vice Chancellor for Research, UNMC

9 a.m.: Outreach and Economic Development Ad Hoc Committee

Topic: Strategic Framework Report – Workforce Development

Academic Program Update
Presenter: Linda Pratt, executive vice president and provost
Distance Education Programs for Workforce Development
Presenter: Linda Pratt

Topic: Workforce Opportunity Analysis

Presenters: Peter Kotsiopulos, Vice President for University Affairs Randy Cantrell, Nebraska Rural Initiative

10 a.m.: Board of Regents Meeting

Highlights of the Board agenda include:

• Approval of the conditional disposal or removal of the Industrial Arts Building at Innovation Campus on or after July 1, 2010, following an open process to allow an opportunity for proposals for appropriate reuse. The University will issue a national Request for Proposals for any developer willing to adapt the Industrial Arts Building for reuse consistent with the Innovation Campus Master Plan, which was approved by the Board of Regents Nov. 20, 2009. If no viable proposal is received, the University would be authorized to dispose of or remove the Industrial Arts Building in order to proceed with the development of Innovation Campus. Disposal would not begin until at least July 1, 2010.

• Approval of a West Haymarket Joint Public Agency Agreement with the City of Lincoln. The JPA will serve as a coordinating entity to finance construction of the proposed arena in downtown Lincoln, as well as necessary land acquisitions and supporting infrastructure and facilities for broader West Haymarket improvements. University Athletics intends to use the arena for home games and practices for men’s and women’s basketball.

• Approval of the program statement and budget for a renovation of the sixth floor of Hamilton Hall at UNL. The $6.8 million renovation includes reconfiguration of laboratory, laboratory support and offices spaces; equipment upgrades; integration of meeting and interaction spaces; and expansion of restrooms. Construction is scheduled to begin in May 2011.

• Approval of the appointments of three new deans at UNL: Donde Plowman, College of Business Administration; Gary Kebbel, College of Journalism and Mass Communications; and Susan Poser, College of Law.

• Approval of changes to Board of Regents bylaws related to conflicts of interest and nepotism.

• The Board will receive an enrollment report for Spring 2010. Headcount enrollment is 45,917, a 2.1 percent increase over Spring 2009.

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