This budget puts the University of Nebraska in a much better place than where we were a few months ago. I am extraordinarily grateful to the thousands of students, faculty and staff, business and agricultural leaders, and Nebraskans across this state who have lifted up their voices for an affordable, competitive public University that transforms lives and grows the economy. The chancellors and I are humbled by their support.
Chairman Stinner and members of the Appropriations Committee showed great leadership and vision in making our 53,000 students and all of higher education a priority. I thank them and the full Legislature for their hard work in navigating a difficult budget while also maintaining their investment in one of Nebraska’s most important economic engines: the University of Nebraska. Because of them, the long partnership between the state and its University will continue.
The University still faces a significant budget challenge that will require difficult decisions. Together with the Board of Regents, the chancellors and I will be working hard in the near future to finalize our strategies for closing the gap. Most importantly, we’re excited to join with our many partners on a plan to grow our state for the future.
President, University of Nebraska