Today the University of Nebraska released a profile that details the qualities and experiences that President Hank Bounds is seeking in the next chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the key challenges and opportunities that person will face in leading the UNL campus.
The chancellor profile was developed by the president’s office with assistance from the search firm Isaacson, Miller, which conducted interviews with key stakeholders in September in order to develop a full picture of the leadership opportunity. It also was informed by input from more than 250 people who shared their thoughts via an electronic survey. Bounds then asked his 25-member search advisory committee to review and provide feedback to him and the search firm on the initial lists of qualities, challenges and opportunities developed. That was followed by a final review and approval of the chancellor profile by the president
“I am grateful to the many Nebraskans who took the time to share their thoughts with me about the type of person we need to recruit to lead the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,” Bounds said. “Our ideal candidate for chancellor will have experience in and familiarity with the complexity of a major public research university as well as a deep appreciation for, and working knowledge of, the significance of a land-grant institution’s role in strengthening a state’s intellectual and economic vitality.”
Bounds said candidates must have an earned Ph.D. or other relevant terminal degree with credentials sufficient for appointment as a professor with tenure in an academic department at UNL, teaching experience, and a personal record of research and scholarship. A summary of other key characteristics sought in the next UNL chancellor follows. The full list and narrative are available in the chancellor profile, which is available on the UNL chancellor search website at www.nebraska.edu/unlchancellorsearch.
To be successful, the next chancellor will need to be an active steward for not only the faculty, staff and students of the Lincoln campus, but for the citizens of Nebraska. The overarching challenge for the chancellor is to embrace the culture of the state, work collaboratively with the other campuses of the University of Nebraska, and successfully achieve greater levels of academic and research distinction. With astute leadership and relationship building skills, the chancellor will have an opportunity to leave an enduring legacy by responding to the following opportunities and challenges:
The next chancellor will succeed Harvey Perlman who is stepping down in 2016 after a decade and a half of leadership during which the campus experienced significant gains in enrollment and research activity, investments in infrastructure and facilities, expansion of international partnerships, and formation of a 250-acre public/private research and development park.
Acceptance of applications and nominations for the chancellor position will begin immediately and continue until completion of the search process. Confidential inquiries, referrals, and resumes or curricula vitae should be submitted via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search at www.imsearch.com/5520. Electronic submission of application materials is strongly encouraged.