NU Board of Regents to Meet Nov. 20

November 13, 2014

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Thursday, Nov. 20, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln. The Academic Affairs Committee will meet at 1 p.m. and the Board meeting begins at 3:15 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public and will be audio-streamed live at

Following are highlights of the November Board meeting. A complete agenda is available online.

1 p.m.: Academic Affairs Committee
Topic: Strategic Framework Reports – Enrollment, Nonresident Enrollment, and International Enrollment
Presenter: Pete Lipins, NU senior analyst for institutional research

Topic: Peter Kiewit Institute/Engineering/Information Technology
Presenters: University of Nebraska at Omaha Chancellor John Christensen and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman

Topic: University of Nebraska at Kearney Health Science
Presenters: University of Nebraska at Kearney Chancellor Doug Kristensen and University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Jeffrey Gold

Topic: Economic Development – Biomedical Technologies, STEM, Business Engagement and Veterans
Presenters: NU Interim President James Linder, M.D., and Chancellor Gold

Topic: UNO Differential Tuition Proposal – College of Business Administration
Presenters: Chancellor Christensen and Louis Pol, dean of the UNO College of Business Administration

3 p.m.: Break

3:15 p.m.: Board of Regents meeting

The Board will be asked to approve:

  • Establishment of the Nebraska Advanced Biomedical Technology Innovation and Discovery Institute at the University of Nebraska. The institute, to be based in Omaha and led jointly by UNMC and UNO, will bring together the university’s biomedical technology initiatives to create public-private partnerships focused on discovery, technology transfer and commercialization. UNMC and UNO already regularly partner in biomedical technology development and biomedical engineering – critical areas for the advancement of science and health and workforce development – and have collaborative programs in bioinformatics, robotics, biomechanics, simulation and visualization, and other areas. Additional partnerships with UNL, UNK and other public and private institutions is envisioned. (Addendum IX-A-4)

  • A contract with Rink Management Services Corp. to manage and operate the John A. Breslow Ice Hockey Center. (Addendum IX-B-3)

  • The program statement and budget for the 17th Street Dining Complex at UNL. (Addendum IX-B-5)

  • The program statement and budget for the East Campus Residence Hall at UNL. (Addendum IX-B-6)

  • Residence hall room and board rates for academic years 2015-16 through 2019-20 at UNL. (Addendum IX-B-7)

  • An up to 3.4 percent annual average increase for student housing rates at Scott Court, Scott Village, Maverick Village and University Village for the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years at UNO. (Addendum IX-B-9)

  • Authorizing the president, in consultation with the Board Chair, to complete the transfer of real estate at 6801 Mercy Road in Omaha from the University of Nebraska Foundation to the University of Nebraska. The property is in an ideal location for further development of the UNO campus, including a planned Center for Excellence in Education that would house the UNO Early Childhood Education Center, shared classrooms and instructional space for the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, the UNO College of Education and other educational organizations, and rental space for Metropolitan Community College and the Avenue Scholars Foundation. (Addendum IX-B-10)

  • Construction of public streets and utility infrastructure to University Village serving the UNK campus. (Addendum IX-B-11)

On Friday, Nov. 21, regents will participate in an educational workshop focused on Board processes and effectiveness, to be led by Barbara Kaufman, president of ROI Consulting Group Inc. in Rancho Mirage, Calif.. Kaufman works as an executive, business coach and educator to help organizations increase their leadership effectiveness and organizational capacity. She is experienced in working with both corporate and university governing boards and is widely published in business and higher education journals.

The Board’s workshop will not include university business items and is not open to the public. The sole purpose of the workshop is to assist the Board in providing effective governance of the university. No briefings, discussion of public business, formation of tentative policy, vote, or taking of other action regarding any matter over which the Board has supervision, jurisdiction or advisory power will be permitted.

The Board has participated in similar workshops in past years, led by Kaufman and other facilitators.

Media Contact:
Melissa Lee
Director of Communications,
University of Nebraska