Dara Troutman
University of Nebraska Board of Regents

WHEREAS, Dara Troutman served the University of Nebraska Central Administration office for a total of 19 years, initially as assistant vice president for external affairs and director of communications and later as senior associate to the president and chief of staff; and

WHEREAS, in addition to her time at the University, Dara has also held many other public service roles, including as a news reporter, press secretary to a Governor, and assistant general manager at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications; and

WHEREAS, during her time at Varner Hall, Dara became known for her deep commitment to the University and its mission, her extraordinary work ethic, her careful attention to detail, and an institutional knowledge that was so unmatched that “Ask Dara” became one of the most commonly heard refrains in the office; and

WHEREAS, Dara’s expertise in a wide range of areas including governmental relations, public relations, strategic planning and others played a vital role in many of the University’s accomplishments in recent history; and

WHEREAS, Dara played an instrumental role in developing the Strategic Framework which guides the planning and decisions of the Board and University leadership; and

WHEREAS, Dara staffed a range of University of Nebraska executive searches, including the most recent UNMC chancellor search, the ongoing UNL chancellor search, and the presidential search that led to the appointment of Dr. Hank Bounds;

WHEREAS, Dara has accepted a new role as chief of staff at the University of Nebraska Foundation, where her skillset will be a tremendous asset to the Foundation’s mission to raise private support to advance the priorities of the University;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents extends its deep gratitude and appreciation to Dara Troutman for her tireless service to the University of Nebraska, the President and the Board; expresses its relief that Dara’s skills, relationships and institutional knowledge are staying within the University family; and wishes Dara continued success in her new role at the University of Nebraska Foundation.


Pictured: Regent Howard Hawks, Chief of Staff Dara Troutman, President Hank Bounds, Regent Kent Schroeder
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