Beginning Monday, University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty, staff, students and stakeholders will have the opportunity to meet the priority candidate for chancellor, Rodney Bennett, Ed.D., ask questions and hear about his vision for UNL during a series of open forums announced today by NU President Ted Carter.
Bennett, the former president of the University of Southern Mississippi, was named as the priority candidate for UNL chancellor on May 22 following a national search. He is currently undergoing a 30-day public vetting period as required by state law. If, at the conclusion of the vetting period, Carter deems appropriate, he will bring Bennett’s appointment to the Board of Regents for consideration at the Board’s June 22 meeting.
Members of the UNL community are encouraged to submit feedback on Bennett’s candidacy anytime during the vetting period by visiting this site.
“I can’t wait to introduce Dr. Rodney Bennett to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln community,” Carter said. “I have every confidence that the same qualities that made Dr. Bennett stand out to me in our search process will resonate with Nebraskans – his passionate belief in the land-grant mission, his relentless focus on outcomes, and his ability to bring people together around a shared vision for excellence.
“This is an important phase in our search. I hope every member of the UNL community will take this opportunity to engage with Rodney and share their feedback.”
The forum schedule for Bennett follows. All forums include both an in-person and Zoom option. While forums are generally targeted to specific stakeholder groups, all forums are open to all members of the UNL community, public and news media, so individuals are encouraged to attend the session(s) that best fits their schedule.
Monday, June 5
2:30 p.m.: Research and Economic Development Forum
Boardroom, Prem S. Paul Research Center at Whittier School, 2200 Vine St.
Tuesday, June 6 (All forums held in the Great Hall of the Wick Alumni Center, 1520 R St.)
9:30 a.m.: Fine & Performing Arts and Architecture Forum
11 a.m.: Engineering Forum
1 p.m.: Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Chancellor’s Commissions Forum
2:30 p.m.: Arts and Sciences Forum
4 p.m.: Journalism and Mass Communications and Libraries Forum
Wednesday, June 7 (All forums held in the Great Hall of the Wick Alumni Center, 1520 R St.)
9:30 a.m.: College of Business Forum
11 a.m.: Student Affairs Division Forum
1 p.m.: Open Forum
2:30 p.m.: Education and Human Sciences Forum
4 p.m.: Staff Senate Forum
Thursday, June 8 (All forums held at the Office of the President, 3835 Holdrege St.)
2 p.m.: College of Law Forum
3:30 p.m.: Graduate Student/Graduate Student Assembly Forum
5 p.m.: Student/Association of Students of the University of Nebraska Forum
Friday, June 9 (All forums held in the Nebraska East Union, Great Plains B)
9:30 a.m.: College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Forum
11 a.m.: Agricultural Research Division/Extension Forum
12:30 p.m.: Business and Finance Division Forum
Complete information about the UNL chancellor search is available here.