April 3, 2015

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday, April 10, 2015, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln. Committee meetings will 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 April Board meeting. A complete agenda is available here.

  • 8 a.m.: Campus Updates from Student Regents
    Presenters: Connor Schulte, University of Nebraska at Kearney; Kevin Knudson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Krupa Savalia, University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • 8:20 a.m.: Business Affairs Committee
    Topic: Budget Update
    Presenter: Chris Kabourek, assistant vice president and director of budget and planning

    Topic: Annual Report on Fire Safety and Protection
    Presenter: Rebecca Koller, assistant vice president for business and finance and director of facilities management

    Topic: Debt Update
    Presenter: David Lechner, senior vice president for business and finance and CFO

  • 9:35 a.m.: Academic Affairs Committee
    Topic: Interprofessional Experiential Center for Enduring Learning (iEXCEL)
    Presenters: UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey Gold and Dele Davies, UNMC vice chancellor for academic affairs

  • 9:50 a.m.: Break

  • 10 a.m.: Board of Regents meeting

The Board will begin its meeting with a number of resolutions, including a recognition of NU Interim President James Linder, who has served in the role since last May and will be succeeded by President-Designate Hank Bounds on April 13. The Board will also recognize the four outgoing student regents.

Additionally, the Board will read a resolution in support of LB 532 and LB 533, bills currently being considered in the Legislature that would provide state support for a new Interprofessional Experiential Center for Enduring Learning (iEXCEL) in the Global Center for Advanced Interprofessional Learning at UNMC.

Agenda items for the Board’s consideration include:

  • Establishment of the Interprofessional Experiential Center for Enduring Learning (iEXCEL) in the Global Center for Advanced Interprofessional Learning at UNMC. iEXCEL is envisioned as an interdisciplinary center focused on improving human performance and effectiveness in health care through simulated learning and virtual reality training. The center will operate on a “hub and spoke” model, with the ability to extend across the state and beyond. (Addendum IX-A-1)

  • Establishment of the Nebraska Center for Substance Abuse Research in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience at UNMC. (Addendum IX-A-2)

  • Creation of a bachelor’s degree in biomechanics in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The degree would become the only bachelor’s degree in biomechanics in Nebraska; only two other universities in the U.S. offer such a degree. (Addendum IX-A-4)

  • Creation of an executive master’s program in information technology in the College of Information Science & Technology at UNO. The program would educate IT professionals who want to prepare for corporate leadership positions. (Addendum IX-A-6)

  • Creation of a master’s degree in critical and creative thinking in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNO. (Addendum IX-A-7)

  • Approval of the program statement and related financing resolution for a new apartment-style residence hall at UNK’s University Village. The 78,000-square foot complex would serve families, married students and nontraditional students. (Addendums IX-B-5 and IX-B-6)

  • Approval of Fund B fee allocations for 2015-16 at UNK, UNL, UNMC and UNO. (Addendums IX-B-8, IX-B-11, IX-B-12 and IX-B-18)

  • Approval of a resolution relating to financing for construction of a new facility for the UNL College of Business Administration. (Addendum IX-B-9)

  • Approval of early termination of the lease between the Board of Regents and Omaha Public Schools for land on which JP Lord Elementary School stands. UNMC and Nebraska Medicine wish to be able to build on the property given its proximity to the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, Durham Research Centers and Clarkson Tower. (Addendum IX-B-15)
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