NU Board of Regents to meet August 11

August 4, 2017

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln. The Academic Affairs Committee meets at 9 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 August Board meeting. A complete agenda is available here.

9 a.m.: Academic Affairs Committee

Topic: Nebraska Research Initiative Investments and Impacts


  • Susan Fritz, NU executive vice president and provost
  • Jennifer Larsen, University of Nebraska Medical Center vice chancellor for research – The Nebraska Biobank
  • Daniel Schachtman, University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor and director of the Center for Biotechnology – The Greenhouse Innovation Center
  • David Sellmyer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor and director of the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience

10 a.m.: Board of Regents meeting

Items for the Board’s consideration include:

  • Authorization of the president to execute a contract for the purchase of Concur software, which will allow for a more streamlined travel expense reimbursement system across the university. The move to Concur was among the recommendations of NU’s Budget Response Team announced this week. (Addendum VIII-B-3)
  • Creation of a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity operations at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. (Addendum IX-A-1)
  • Creation of a master’s program in genetic counseling at UNMC. (Addendum IX-A-2)
  • Approval of the naming of the new University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business building in honor of Howard Hawks. (Addendum IX-B-4)
  • Approval of an 11-year agreement with adidas for exclusive sponsorship of University of Nebraska-Lincoln athletics. (Addendum IX-B-5)
  • Approval of plans for a gymnastics training facility at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The women’s gymnastics team will be displaced by the pending renovation or construction at Mabel Lee Hall and the men’s current training facility has physical deficiencies. The proposed facility, which would be funded by private donations and athletic revenues, would be housed in a new addition to the Bob Devaney Sports Center. (Addendum IX-B-6)
  • Approval of plans to renovate UNMC’s Wittson Hall, one of the building renewal and renovation projects made possible by LB957, passed last year, which continues a state-university partnership to maintain NU facilities. (Addendum IX-B-12)
Approval of plans for an addition to the Biomechanics Research Building at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. (Addendum IX-B-13)
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