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04/21/2017 Statement from President Bounds on the Appropriations Committee’s final 2017-19 budget recommendations
Statement from President Bounds on the Appropriations Committee’s 2017-19 budget recommendations

April 21, 2017

Members of the Appropriations Committee share our goal to grow Nebraska and I appreciate their hard work. We know this is a difficult year and the University of Nebraska is prepared to make necessary cuts. We also have remarkable opportunities to work together to build a strong future for our state. Nebraska’s continued support for its public university even during difficult times will send the right message to the young people who are our future workforce, the private sector partners who have invested so generously, the talented doctors and researchers we want to attract and retain, and the Nebraskans who have depended on an affordable and high-quality university for almost 150 years.



04/03/2017 2016 Presidential Calendar
2016 Presidential Calendar
Jul
12
National Association of System Heads Meetings
8:30 a.m. | Baltimore, MD
Jun
21
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Council of Presidents Meeting
7:45 a.m. | Alexandria, VA
Jun
4
Cattlemen’s Ball
9 a.m. | Princeton, NE
Jun
2
NU Retirees Luncheon
11:30 a.m. | LaVista, NE
MAY
24
University-wide Teaching, Research and Engagement Awards Luncheon
Noon | Omaha, NE
MAY
13
Lincoln East High School Senior Breakfast
7 a.m. | Lincoln, NE
MAY
8
Innovation in Pedagogy & Technology Symposium
1:30 p.m. | Lincoln, NE
MAY
7
UNL Commencement
9:30 a.m. | Lincoln, NE
MAY
6
UNO Commencement
3 p.m. | Omaha, NE
MAY
6
UNK Honors Breakfast
8 a.m. | Kearney, NE
MAY
5
UNK College of Business & Technology Honors Convocation
5:30 p.m. | Kearney, NE
MAY
5
Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Commencement
1:30 p.m. | Curtis, NE
APR
25
Global Water for Food Conference
All Day | Lincoln, NE
APR
23
UNL Chemistry Alumni Reunion
9:30 a.m. | Lincoln, NE
APR
22
University-Wide Entrepreneurial Awards Luncheon
Noon | Omaha, NE
APR
21
UNO Student Government Banquet
6:30 p.m. | Omaha, NE
APR
21
Education & Workforce Roundtable Steering Committee Meeting
8 a.m. | Lincoln, NE
APR
15
Presidential Investiture Ceremony
10 a.m. | Lincoln, NE
APR
5
University-Wide Departmental Teaching Award Luncheon
NOON | Omaha, NE
APR
1
College of Dentistry Professionals Day
9:30 a.m. | Lincoln, NE
MAR
31
Loper Luncheon
9:30 a.m. | Kearney, NE
MAR
29
“Commit to Complete” Lincoln High School Visit
10:30 a.m. | Lincoln, NE
MAR
29
Buffett Early Childhood Institute/Gallup Announcement
8 a.m. | Lincoln, NE
MAR
18
Board of Regents Meeting
8:30 a.m. | Lincoln, NE
MAR
17
Greater Nebraska Superintendents Meeting
9:30 a.m. | Lincoln, NE
FEB
9
NU Appropriations Committee Hearing
9 a.m. | Lincoln, NE
JAN
14
UNO Young Alumni Academy Meeting
6 p.m. | Omaha, NE
JAN
14
Leadership Nebraska Luncheon
Noon | Lincoln, NE
JAN
13
Ag Builders of Nebraska Meeting
10 a.m. | Lincoln, NE
02/27/2017 Testimony of University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds Appropriations Committee – February 27, 2017
Testimony of University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds
Appropriations Committee – February 27, 2017

Chairman Stinner and members of the Appropriations Committee, I am Hank Bounds (H-A-N-K B-O-U-N-D-S) and I am president of the University of Nebraska. Thank you for the opportunity to be with you. I join Regent Whitehouse in asking you to support your university at a level at which we could continue to provide affordable, high-quality education that serves students and grows Nebraska’s economy.

You’ve heard from me a number of times over the past few months regarding the university’s budget, so I will keep my remarks brief. Other Nebraskans who have contacted you to voice their support add a fresh perspective to our discussions. These Nebraskans represent a diverse range of stakeholders: Students, staff, leaders in the private sector, agriculture and in the community.

They will all echo a similar theme. And that is that the State of Nebraska, its economy and its people depend on an accessible, excellent public university as much today as they did when this institution was founded almost 150 years ago.

“The University of Nebraska represents the single most important economic development engine in the state. We provide a remarkable 6-to-1 return on every dollar you invest in us. ”

In the century and a half since, the state and its university have built a strong record of successful partnership. This committee deserves a good deal of credit. Because of our partnership, today the University of Nebraska represents the single most important economic development engine in the state. Our enrollment is at an all-time high and we are working to supply even more skilled graduates for Nebraska’s workforce. We provide a remarkable 6-to-1 return on every dollar you invest in us. Our research is improving quality of life and expanding entrepreneurial activity across the state. Nebraska is now associated with global leadership in treating cancer and infectious disease, feeding a growing population, and keeping our men and women in uniform safe.

We are not satisfied. The chancellors who are here with me today would tell you that we think we can do much more to grow our state and transform lives here and around the world. We have ambitious goals for the future. We will need your continued partnership to achieve them.

I know the state is facing fiscal challenges. And I believe each state agency must do its fair share in helping you navigate this downturn. The university takes seriously our responsibility to work with you to make necessary cuts. That’s why last fall I directed the campuses to begin exercising great fiscal restraint. And it is why we have put together a thoughtful plan for finding permanent cuts in university operations.

That process is now underway, with 10 budget-reduction task forces developing recommendations for final consideration by me and the chancellors later this spring. It’s too early to speculate on specific cuts and I expect many of them will have a long runway for implementation. I do know that these cuts are going to be painful and that they are going to impact real people and real services across our campuses and the state. And, depending on the final budget that you and the full Legislature approve, these cuts will not shield us from having to consider deeper reductions to our academic enterprise and significant tuition increases for students and families.

I have been candid with the university community and all Nebraskans that at the funding levels proposed by the Governor for the next two years, both of those options would be on the table. Under this committee’s preliminary budget plan, that would not change. In either scenario, when our rising costs are factored in, the university would have to close a budget gap of more than $50 million by summer 2019.

A cut at that level would put at risk our affordability for Nebraska’s young people. It would limit our efforts to grow Nebraska’s economy and meet the needs of a rapidly changing workforce that increasingly requires more college graduates, not less. It would harm our ability to successfully recruit and retain talent in what I believe is the most competitive marketplace of our lifetimes. The chancellors can share real stories about how difficult it is to attract talent even in good economic times. A lack of state support for the university makes us an unattractive destination for the brightest talent who we want to educate our young people, create new jobs, and treat patients at the medical center.

And it would send the wrong message to private sector donors who have seen the state’s willingness to invest in its university and have partnered accordingly.

Quite simply, the steps we would have to take to close a $50 million gap could do enough damage to our momentum that it would take us a decade or longer to recover.

I am asking you to fund the University of Nebraska at a level that would do the least amount of damage possible. As Regent Whitehouse explained, maintaining the university’s 2016-17 appropriation through the next biennium would still require us to find tens of millions of dollars in cuts, given our rising costs. But flat funding, plus the support for UNMC’s transformational iExcel project that was part of the intent language of the 2015-17 biennial budget bill, would allow us to keep tuition increases to the single digits, versus the double-digit increases that we would be forced to consider under the current recommendations. That’s $10 million more per year than your initial recommendation – support that would spare students and families from having to shoulder double-digit tuition increases that we know from past experience can drive our enrollment down. There are university students sitting behind me who can tell you firsthand what those kinds of increases would mean for a typical 20-year-old.

I know your goal is to be fair and equitable to state agencies in making these difficult decisions. Using the start of the current biennium as a baseline, flat funding for the university would still put us behind a number of other agencies and overall state spending in terms of growth. Given our commitment to accessibility for Nebraskans, so far we have elected not to make up that gap with tuition. We have increased tuition by 1.75 percent and 2.5 percent the past two years, the lowest amounts in decades. We can only go so long without considering much larger increases, however, considering that tuition revenue and state appropriations are the only funding sources for our day-to-day budget.

Furthermore, any gap is exacerbated by the funding trends of the past several decades. The university receives 13 percent of the state budget today, compared to 21 percent 30 years ago. State support to the university has not kept pace with inflation or our enrollment growth. If there were any easy cuts, we made them a long time ago.

I’m even more concerned about our limited resources when I look at trends with regard to our bank balances. The university does have cash on hand. But the measurement that matters is days of cash. And Nebraska is trending in the wrong direction. We have 160 days of cash on hand, down from 180 just a few years ago. And our bank balances are far lower than, for example, Penn State, with 364 days of cash, Michigan with 305 days of cash, and Ohio State with 267 days of cash.

In fact, when we look at Big Ten peers and surrounding states, the only other state trending downward like we are is Kansas.

Senators, let me reiterate our pledge to be a partner to you in managing the current fiscal challenges.

But I hope you will consider the fact that the University of Nebraska can also be your closest partner in growing Nebraska out of this downturn.

When you invest in the university, you get a long-term return unlike that yielded by any other entity. You get solutions for the most pressing needs facing our state.

Look around this room. We know that half of us will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lifetime. When you invest in the university, you’re investing in an institution that’s building a world-class cancer center that will attract the best and brightest talent to our state and create thousands of new jobs.

We know that the world’s population will soon reach 9.6 billion and that we will need to produce twice as much food to feed those people. When you invest in the university, you’re supporting research that is driving agricultural innovation here and around the world.

We know that in the decade ahead, a significant number of Nebraska’s Baby Boomers are going to age out of the workforce. In the same time period, the number of 18-year-olds in our state will grow. When you invest in the university, you’re helping us remain affordable so those young people can enroll and earn a degree, joining the 10,000 graduates we already produce each year to keep our workforce strong.

We know that the success of Nebraska depends on the success of our rural communities. When you invest in the university, you’re creating a ripple effect in all 93 counties. The university has a presence in each – whether a research center, an extension program, a nursing division, or a student or alum contributing to a vibrant quality of life.

I could go on. When you invest in the University of Nebraska, you invest the future of our state. The Legislature and this committee in particular have a long history of doing that, and I am grateful and proud of the results. I hope our partnership can continue, because I think Nebraska’s best days are ahead.

Before I turn it back to you, I want to thank the Committee for your recommendation to spend revenue bond surplus funds for two important projects on our campuses: The demolition of Cather Hall, Pound Hall and the Cather-Pound Dining Center at UNL, and University Village roof repairs at UNO.

Thank you for your time, and now I would be pleased to answer your questions.

02/03/2017 Budget Suggestions
Budget Questions, Comments and Ideas

President Bounds and the chancellors encourage University of Nebraska faculty, staff, and students to share their questions, comments and ideas on the budget process. Examples of innovation, savings or process improvements that have already been implemented are also welcome. Please fill out the form below to share your ideas.

For the most current information about NU's budget, please visit: https://nebraska.edu/president/budget-info-2017-19.html.

If you have questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Submission Received

Thank you for submitting a cost savings or process improvement suggestion. I appreciate your feedback. I will make sure your comments are passed this on to the appropriate Budget Response working group, so they can review it and consider its inclusion in their proposal.

Best,

Hank Bounds
President, University of Nebraska

12/03/2015 University of Nebraska building renewal plan would invest in facilities for quality education, competitiveness
University of Nebraska building renewal plan would invest in facilities for quality education, competitiveness

The University of Nebraska and the state would continue a long and successful partnership to maintain the quality and functionality of NU buildings under a 12-year capital plan announced today by President Hank Bounds.

04/14/2015 President’s Journal
President’s Journal
NU President Hank Bounds speaks to the 600-plus University of Nebraska retirees, representing all four campuses and a range of academic disciplines, who attended the annual retiree luncheon May 27 in LaVista.
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NU President Hank Bounds speaks
to the 600-plus University of Nebraska
retirees, representing all four campuses
and a range of academic disciplines, who attended
the annual retiree luncheon May 27 in LaVista.

A thank-you to NU retirees

LaVista | May 27, 2015

You might be surprised to know that the biggest event of the year – by far – for the University of Nebraska president’s office is our annual luncheon for NU retirees. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with more than 600 retirees who collectively gave countless years of service to the university over their careers.

Our retirees are a diverse group: former faculty and staff, representing all four university campuses and a wide range of academic fields. Some retired within the past year, while others left the university many years ago. What they share is a passion for the mission of the University of Nebraska to impact the lives of our students and people in our state and around the world. These former employees laid the groundwork for the momentum we enjoy today and I am grateful for their contributions – which certainly make my job a little easier!


NU President Hank Bounds addresses guests at the May 20 Nebraska Breakfast in Washington, D.C
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NU President Hank Bounds addresses guests
at the May 20 Nebraska Breakfast in
Washington, D.C. Members of Nebraska’s
congressional delegation are seated to his left.

Nebraskans on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. | May 18-20, 2015

What an honor to visit our nation’s capital and spend time with members of Nebraska’s congressional delegation. I and members of the Board of Regents who joined me in Washington thank our representatives for meeting with us and engaging in productive and collaborative discussions.

I want the University of Nebraska to dream big – and I was thrilled that our congressional delegation displayed the same enthusiasm for our potential for leadership in areas like medicine, agriculture, national security and other areas that matter to our state and the country. Working together with our federal partners, I am confident the university will continue our upward trajectory. My vision is for the University of Nebraska to be a giant in higher education, and Congress – which makes vital investments in research and student financial aid – will play an important role in our success.


NCTA: Open access, high quality and Nebraska-focused
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President Hank Bounds makes remarks at
lunch during TEDxLincolnWomen, held May 28
at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln.

TEDxLincolnWomen – inspiring women and girls here and around the world

Lincoln, NE | May 28, 2015

I was pleased to be a part of today’s sold-out TEDxLincolnWomen event at Nebraska Innovation Campus. The theme of “Momentum” perfectly fit our venue – the university’s research and development campus that will soon be bustling with activity by students, faculty and private sector workers. I joined 400-plus guests in listening to local leaders talk about the significant impact that women and girls can have in the world. We heard from Krupa Savalia, an M.D./Ph.D. scholar and former student regent from UNMC, about working with life’s unexpected outcomes.


NCTA: Open access, high quality and Nebraska-focused
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NCTA: Open access, high quality & Nebraska-focused

Curtis, NE | April 14, 2015

Welcome to Curtis, Neb...where you can drink a glass of the best-tasting rural water in the country and ride your horse anywhere as long as you stay off the golf course. I’d been looking forward to my visit to the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture for quite some time, and the tour and luncheon with faculty, staff and students arranged by Dean Ron Rosati and his team didn’t disappoint.


On top of the world…
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On top of the world…

North Platte | April 13-14, 2015

What a treat to end Day 2 of my Nebraska tour with dinner at the beautiful Golden Spike Tower, which offers a panoramic view of the world’s largest railyard. The scenery was stunning, the food was delicious, and the conversation with university stakeholders was rich and engaging. My thanks to those who participated, including the Chairman of the Board of Regents, Bob Phares, who hosted us in his hometown.


Continuing west
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Photo credit KRVN

Continuing west

Lexington & Gothenburg | April 13, 2015

After leaving Kearney, we were back on the road, heading west toward North Platte. En route, we made a quick stop at KRVN radio in Lexington for a meet-and-greet with the news team and community leaders. I had a great time visiting with news director Dave Schroeder, checking out the station and meeting people who care about their university and its role in serving agriculture in particular. You can see more from my KRVN visit here.


Experiencing LifeAsALoper
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Experiencing #LifeAsALoper

Kearney, NE | April 13, 2015

It’s a great time to be a Loper. That much was clear during my visit to the University of Nebraska at Kearney today, where faculty, staff, students and stakeholders gave me a very warm welcome. And I loved being greeted by the Archway on my drive into town! There’s a real sense of energy and momentum on the UNK campus, and for good reason. UNK is doing more than ever to serve the Kearney community and the region – meeting student needs, producing talented graduates, driving the economy and enriching the quality of life for Nebraskans.


Raising Nebraska, and Nebraskans
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Raising Nebraska, and Nebraskans

Grand Island, NE | April 13, 2015

What a way to start Day 2 of my Nebraska tour. The Raising Nebraska site in Grand Island – a collaborative effort of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Nebraska Department of Agriculture and the State Fair – was unlike anything I’ve seen. I hope every Nebraskan will take the opportunity to visit this facility to learn how food gets from the farm to our tables. The exhibits are interactive, fun and educational. I got to “walk” my 1,500-mile travel route on an interactive map…a less demanding experience than driving it! An engaged and impressive group of community leaders and university stakeholders joined me and our Regent host, Kent Schroeder, for breakfast at Raising Nebraska and we had a productive dialogue about the university’s momentum and opportunity.


A dialogue with Nebraskans
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A dialogue with Nebraskans

Fremont & Columbus | April 12, 2015

After leaving Mead, we were back on the road to Fremont, where I was welcomed by a great crowd (and delicious treats from Alotta Brownies) at the beautiful Gallery 92 facility. I shared my thoughts on what attracted me to the NU presidency – starting with the deep connection the people of Nebraska have to this institution – and our responsibility to do even more to grow enrollment, help students graduate on time and with less debt, conduct research in relevant areas like water and agriculture, and continue the good work of Nebraska Extension in serving people across the state. I’m glad I came prepared with my pen and notepad, because our friends in Fremont gave me thoughtful ideas on how the university can be even more successful going forward.


Solving the ag challenges of tomorrow, with research today
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Solving the ag challenges of tomorrow, with research today

Mead, NE | April 12, 2015

And we’re off! Today I began a six-day road trip across Nebraska that will help me get to know the state I now call home. Over the next week, I’ll visit roughly 20 Nebraska communities to talk to a diverse range of citizens about how we can work together to build an even stronger university. I have lots of ground to cover in the days ahead, but I’m energized by the opportunity to listen and learn from people who care deeply about the future of their university – faculty and students, agricultural and business leaders, donors and alumni, farmers and ranchers, and community members across this great state. Their passion for, and investment in, this university is inspiring.

03/12/2015 Meet Hank Bounds
President Bounds
Getting to Know Nebraska Tour with New University of Nebraska President Hank M. Bounds

During his first week as president of the University of Nebraska, Hank Bounds plans to travel the state on a "getting to know Nebraska tour." With stops in communities all across Nebraska, Dr. Bounds' itinerary is intended to showcase the diversity of the state and introduce him to a large number of people who care deeply about the future of Nebraska and its only public university.

He will meet with business, civic, education and ag leaders and will visit several high schools, community colleges and state colleges in addition to university campuses and research and extension facilities.

Dr. Bounds will be accompanied on the April 12-17 trip by Ronnie Green, vice president for agriculture and vice chancellor of the Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Brian Hastings, president and chief executive officer of the University of Nebraska Foundation. Members of the Board of Regents and friends of the university will host meetings and events in more than a dozen communities over six days.

We are pleased you will also be a part of Dr. Bounds' first week experience, and invite you to get to know him—as he gets to know Nebraska.

Please click on the links below and tell us which events you will be able to attend.

Getting to Know Nebraska Tour
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12:00 PM | AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER
2:00 PM | Gallery 92 West
5:30 PM | The Evans House
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7:30 AM | Nebraska State Fair, Raising Nebraska site
12:30 PM | University of Nebraska at Kearney, Nebraskan Student Union
6:30 PM | Golden Spike Tower
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5:30 PM | Buffalo Point Steakhouse & Grill
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7:15 AM | Farm and Ranch Museum
6:30 PM | Chadron State College, Student Center
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7:00 PM | Norfolk Country Club
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12:30 PM | Nielsen Community Center
6:00 PM | Lied Lodge

If you have any questions, please contact the University of Nebraska Office of the President at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (402) 472-8636.

08/11/2014 Interim President Linder Speeches & Statements

Husker Football Halftime Interviews With President Linder


Husker Volleyball Halftime Interviews With President Linder

 

05/28/2014 May 28, 2014: Statement from Board of Regents Chairman regarding the governor’s candidacy for president

“The Board of Regents has an established process in place for recruiting and selecting the next president of the University of Nebraska which involves equal treatment and consideration of all individuals who wish to be considered for the position. My colleagues and I, as well as the other members of the presidential search committees, will respect and maintain the confidentiality of the search process until four finalists are publicly identified in accordance with Nebraska law.

“Our immediate focus is on attracting a deep, rich and diverse pool of applicants from throughout the country. It would be most unfortunate for the citizens of the state if any particular person’s interest in the position resulted in undermining the legitimacy of the search and kept any highly qualified individuals from applying for the presidency.

“Let me be very clear. This is a fair and competitive process and the Board of Regents seeks and welcomes the candidacy of any person, including the governor, who believes he or she has the qualifications and experiences necessary to effectively lead the University of Nebraska. Our objective is to seek, vet, and hire the most qualified candidate.

“Now that the governor has publicly announced his candidacy for the position, his current requests for one-on-one meetings with the members of the Board of Regents, chancellors and other administrators, and search committee members are inappropriate and will not be honored. To do so would present a problem of fairness and it is not practical to track and offer comparable opportunities to all candidates.”

05/22/2014 May 22, 2014: Statement from Board of Regents Chairman Howard Hawks regarding the presidential search
“The Board of Regents has launched a national search to identify and recruit the most highly qualified and capable candidates for the position of president of the University of Nebraska. Although it is still quite early in the process, we are pleased with the significantly growing national interest already being shown in the position. Our goal, with the assistance of our search consultants, is to build as deep, rich and diverse a pool of applicants as is possible from throughout the country.

“There has been a level of attention given to public comments made by Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman this week regarding his possible interest in being considered for the presidency. Obviously, the Board of Regents would welcome the governor’s application for the position, just as we will the candidacy of any other individual who believes he or she has the qualifications and experiences necessary to effectively lead our university system and to continue its positive momentum and trajectory.

“We have every expectation that this nationwide search will attract a wide range of candidates from varied backgrounds. Should the governor decide to apply for the position, his candidacy would be considered and evaluated like that of any other applicant. This will be an open, fair and competitive search for the best person possible to lead the University of Nebraska. The search process is designed to be confidential until four finalists are publicly named, in accordance with Nebraska statutes. On the other hand, it is obvious that potential candidates may choose to reveal their interest.

“In my view, it would be inappropriate for the Board of Regents to comment or to speculate regarding the possible candidacy of any individuals. It is in the best interest of the University of Nebraska that the confidentiality of the search process be respected and maintained. The Board of Regents does not intend to reveal the names of any nominees or applicants for the position until four finalists are publicly identified.

“We look forward to having a large and robust pool of applicants from which to choose the best candidate to be the next president of the University of Nebraska.”
05/05/2014 Interim President James Linder
Interim President Linder

Interim President
James Linder

James Linder CV

For nearly 150 years, we have served the people of the state through affordable access to excellent education, research that grows the economy, and outreach in all 93 counties. We are proud to be the state’s only public university, rooted in the land-grant traditions of service and accessibility.

In the 21st century, our mission is more important than ever. Our focus on serving Nebraskans first remains, but today we are globally engaged, providing rich opportunities for students and faculty on our four campuses to help address the complex challenges facing Nebraska and the world: water and food security, disease, hunger, poverty, human capital development. Our faculty are widely recognized for their work in agriculture, public health, early childhood education, rural issues, national security and defense, cancer research and care, engineering and information sciences, and other important areas.

Our first priority is affordable excellence – and we’re proud of our record. Each of our campuses provides high-quality education for a great value. Our investments in financial aid have never been higher. At a time when demand for college-educated workers in Nebraska is expected to grow significantly, we are more committed than ever to expanding access to education to all who can benefit from it.

The University of Nebraska focuses the energies and ideas of 50,000 diverse students and 13,000 talented faculty and staff for the benefit of the state. Our campuses – which have been transformed in recent years with new facilities for student life, research and education – are hubs of innovation, creativity, cultural activity and economic growth. This is an exciting time in the university’s history, and I am grateful to be a part of it. As a Nebraskan myself and a member of the faculty for more than 30 years, I take great pride in the vital role the university plays in ensuring the state’s success. I believe that role has never been more important.

I invite you to contact me with your comments or questions, and to visit our campuses to witness our momentum firsthand. Thank you for your interest in the University of Nebraska.

Sincerely,

James Linder, M.D.
Interim President
University of Nebraska

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05/05/2014 Interim President Linder
Interim President Linder
Interim President
Jim Linder
Dr. Linder is very familiar with the university, having served in faculty and administrative positions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and in the Office of the President on a full- or part-time basis for more than 30 years. Currently, he is senior associate to the president for innovation and economic competitiveness and president of the University Technology Development Corporation. He also recently chaired the successful search for the new UNMC chancellor. 

Dr. Linder holds an appointment as professor of pathology and microbiology at UNMC, where he received his medical degree and has served on the faculty since 1983. During that time, he has held a number of administrative positions, including vice chair of pathology, director of surgical pathology and cytopathology, associate dean for academic affairs, interim dean of the College of Medicine, associate vice chancellor for research and CEO of UNeMed. He also has extensive experience in the private sector. 

Dr. Linder is widely published and holds multiple patents. He and his wife, Karen Linder, founded and manage Linseed Capital, which supports early-stage startup companies in the Midwest. 
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