September 12, 2006 -- University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken today accepted the resignation of Dr. Nancy Belck as chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Omaha; her resignation is effective immediately. Milliken commended Belck for "her decision to put the best interests of the University of Nebraska above her own interests.”
Milliken said, “Dr. Belck has provided thoughtful and energetic leadership for the University of Nebraska at Omaha for the past nine years. She has guided the campus during a period of significant growth and accomplishment, mobilizing university and community leaders in a common effort to develop and implement a strategic vision for UNO. ”
Milliken cited several examples of accomplishments during Belck\'s tenure, including the Peter Kiewit Institute’s growing reputation as one of the most innovative and competitive programs in the nation in information science and technology, and UNO’s new role as a centerpiece of central Omaha revitalization efforts. He added, “UNO students have the benefit of new academic programs, innovative internships with Nebraska businesses, expanded on-campus housing, unique international experiences, and other opportunities that have been initiated or strengthened during Dr. Belck’s tenure.”
Jim McClurg, chairman of the Board of Regents, said, "Dr. Belck's decision to step down at this time demonstrates that her concern for the community, the state and the university supersedes her own interests." He added, "Her accomplishments as chancellor will have a lasting impact on the campus and have greatly benefited the faculty and students of UNO.”
Milliken named Dr. John Christensen, UNO vice chancellor of academic and student affairs, as interim chancellor. Milliken said, “The immediate task at hand is to recapture UNO’s momentum and turn our attention to important priorities and opportunities for the campus. John Christensen is a seasoned administrator and a man of great integrity, and I am confident that he will provide the leadership needed now to move UNO forward.”
A search will begin this fall for a permanent replacement for Belck, Milliken said.