Regents Select Milliken as NU President
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents has selected James B. (“J.B.”) Milliken to be the new president of the university effective August 1. “J.B. will be an outstanding leader to help move the University of Nebraska to the front ranks of American universities,” Blank said. “He has the experience, the skills and, most important, a dedication to serving the students and citizens of Nebraska we need in a new president.”

Blank said the search process turned out to be difficult, “but it was because of the strengths of each candidate and the appeal each had to individual members of the board that it became harder for us to move toward a consensus. Now the regents have joined in unanimous support of our new president and we look forward to working with him in our most senior leadership position.” Blank read a statement of support for Milliken’s appointment from Regent Howard Hawks, who was unable to attend today’s meeting.

Responding to the Board of Regents’ vote, Milliken said he is “pleased to have the opportunity to help lead this great university. I am honored and humbled, but I look forward to the challenge and to sharing our aspirations with the people of Nebraska.”

Molly Broad, President of the University of North Carolina, to whom Milliken has reported, said, “J.B. Milliken has been extraordinarily successful in building and strengthening the statewide and federal government relations infrastructure of the university. His departure is a loss to the entire state of North Carolina, and the University of Nebraska should consider itself extremely fortunate to have lured him back home.”

Milliken, 47, is currently senior vice president for university affairs at the University of North Carolina, a sixteen-campus university. He previously served as that institution’s vice president for public affairs and university advancement. Prior to joining the administrative leadership at North Carolina, he served the University of Nebraska as vice president for external affairs and corporation secretary to the Board of Regents. Earlier, he was executive assistant to the president at Nebraska. In his current assignment he is responsible for federal relations, outreach, economic development, public affairs, advancement and strategic communications. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his law degree from the New York University School of Law. He and is wife, Nana Smith, have three children.

Also during the meeting, the Board of Regents extended the contract of President L. Dennis Smith through July 31, at an annual salary of $259,259. Milliken’s appointment is for three years, through July 31, 2007. His annual salary will be $270,000.

Please note: complete biographical information on President J.B. Milliken is available on the University of Nebraska website,

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