Fall 2013
Fall 2013
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Tim Clare
District 1

Howard Hawks
Vice Chair
District 2

Jim Pillen
District 3

Bob Whitehouse
District 4

Robert Schafer
District 5

Kent Schroeder
District 6

Bob Phares
District 7

Hal Daub
District 8

Jeremy Hosein

Moses Moxey

Eric Reznicek

Martha Spangler

Carmen Maurer
Corporation Secretary

James B. Milliken

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Report from the Fall 2013 meeting of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

Board of Regents approves appointment of Dr. Jeffrey Gold as new UNMC chancellor

During a special late-November meeting, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved the appointment of Dr. Jeffrey Gold as the new chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Gold, currently the chancellor and executive vice president of biosciences and health affairs and executive dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Toledo, will begin at UNMC on Feb. 1, 2014.

“I’m delighted to welcome Jeff Gold to the University of Nebraska. Many share my view that Dr. Gold’s achievements and experience make him the right person to serve as UNMC’s next chancellor,” said University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken. “I’m looking forward to his leadership of an enterprise that is so critical to the future of Nebraska and the health of its people.”

Gold said: “I am tremendously excited by the future I see for the University of Nebraska Medical Center. During my visits to Omaha, the excellence and expertise of the educational, research and clinical programs was immediately apparent. The chance to work with President Milliken and his leadership team when combined with the reputation of this university is a remarkable opportunity.”

Milliken praised the chancellor search committee, chaired by Dr. Jim Linder, senior associate to the president for innovation and economic competitiveness and professor of pathology and microbiology at UNMC, for its work in identifying an excellent field of candidates with the help of search consulting firm Isaacson, Miller.

Linder said, “In leading the chancellor search, it was gratifying to be able to tell candidates about the amazing accomplishments at UNMC and The Nebraska Medical Center in clinical care, research and education. Dr. Gold immediately recognized these strengths and the outstanding opportunities for UNMC to improve the health of all Nebraskans, and to positively change healthcare nationally. I am confident that Dr. Gold can lead UNMC to the highest level.”

As chancellor, Gold will serve as UNMC’s chief executive officer, with responsibility for all aspects of campus administration. He will be expected to lead the development of a vision and plan for UNMC’s future; continue the important work of creating an integrated clinical enterprise; continue to strengthen the work of UNMC and its partners in offering the highest-quality health care; enhance UNMC’s research and academic profile and capacity; cultivate a highly collaborative, supportive and diverse workplace; represent and advocate for the campus within the University of Nebraska and more broadly; represent UNMC in the private sector; and attract and develop the financial resources necessary to achieve the campus’ ambitions. Gold will chair the board of the recently announced integrated clinical enterprise, a unified leadership structure between TNMC, Bellevue Medical Center and UNMC Physicians.

Gold has served at the University of Toledo, the third-largest public university in Ohio, since 2005. He was a key leader in the 2006 merger of the University of Toledo and Medical University of Ohio, bringing broad groups of stakeholders together around a common mission. He has improved clinical quality and safety as well as the patient experience, as measured by national peer groups and the university’s own metrics. Gold has facilitated the development of three interdisciplinary degree-granting schools within the University of Toledo: the School of Biomarker Research and Individual Medicine, the School of Interprofessional Education and Advanced Human Performance, and the School of Health Care Innovation and Business Excellence.

As part of a university-wide capital campaign, Gold has established multiple named professorships, laboratories and hospital/ambulatory facilities. The health sciences now account for roughly half of all university-wide annual giving, several fold what they were 10 years ago.

Gold graduated from the Cornell University College of Engineering, where he majored in theoretical and applied mechanics. He earned his M.D. from the Weill Cornell College of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency at The New York Hospital and Memorial Hospital, where he served at the administrative chief resident; and his cardiothoracic residency training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School.

At UNMC, Gold also will hold a health professions appointment in the Department of Surgery.

Milliken thanked Maurer, who has served as chancellor since 1998, for continuing to serve in the role past his planned retirement date as the university concluded its search.

NU Board of Regents Chairman Tim Clare expressed confidence that Gold, with a proven track record in health care, will build on Maurer’s successes “and lead UNMC to new heights in the competitive health care industry of the 21st century.”

Clare added: “We believe, through Dr. Gold’s leadership, UNMC will continue to enhance its reputation as an international leader in health care by affording its students an outstanding education, conducting outstanding research and providing top-quality health care for its patients.”

University of Nebraska international student enrollment reaches record high

International student enrollment at the University of Nebraska has reached another record high this fall, continuing NU’s momentum in attracting talent from around the world, according to a presentation to the Board of Regents this fall.

International student enrollment for fall 2013 is 3,638, a 4.7 percent increase over last year, the Board learned. The students represent more than 130 different countries, with the most common countries of origin being China, India and South Korea. An increasing number of students also are coming to NU from Brazil and Oman. The university has a goal to double international enrollment, to about 6,000, by 2020.

University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken, Gov. Dave Heineman and University of Nebraska at Kearney Chancellor Doug Kristensen pose with UNK international students during a welcome reception in Kearney on Nov. 13.

For the second straight year, NU President James B. Milliken and Gov. Dave Heineman joined to host welcome events for new international students on the four campuses and celebrate Nebraska’s continued progress in attracting global talent.

“I’m very pleased that a growing number of talented students from around the world are choosing to study at the University of Nebraska,” Milliken said. “International students add a great deal of diversity and richness to our campuses and communities. Their presence is a tremendous benefit to our U.S.-born students, who are more prepared to succeed in today’s global economy after living and working with students of different backgrounds.”

Milliken added, “I thank Governor Heineman for his partnership in welcoming a new class of international students to Nebraska. The Governor completely gets the educational value and the value to our state of welcoming these bright young people from around the world.”

NU’s success has come as a result of its focus on developing strategic, mutually beneficial partnerships with targeted countries, including China, India and Brazil. New collaborations also are emerging with Oman, Turkey, Japan and other countries that are interested in sending more of their students abroad.

Milliken noted that beyond the cultural and educational benefits that they bring, international students also have a significant economic impact. The newest version of the Institute of International Education’s annual “Open Doors” report – issued in November in conjunction with International Education Week – found that international students added more than $110 million to Nebraska’s economy in 2012-13.

In addition to significantly increasing international enrollment, the university’s strategy for global engagement also includes increasing the number of students who study abroad, expanding opportunities for faculty members to collaborate with peers around the world, and creating more international partnerships focused on key areas like water and food security, early childhood education, public health and others important both to Nebraska and the world.

NU’s overall enrollment this fall is 50,705, a 20-year high. The university saw meaningful gains in the key group of first-time freshmen; enrollments of undergraduate, graduate and professional students all grew.

Milliken said that while he is pleased with the overall growth, the university must do even more to attract and retain students so that Nebraska remains competitive in the knowledge economy.

“In just a few short years, two-thirds of all jobs in Nebraska will require education beyond high school. If Nebraska is to meet the workforce demands of the future, we will need to encourage many more students to pursue a college degree,” Milliken said. “I am pleased that a growing number of students and families are taking advantage of the affordable, quality education that the University of Nebraska offers, but we need to focus our efforts on expanding access to quality education to even more individuals who can benefit from it.”

Peter Kiewit Institute strategic plan to focus on meeting business needs in Omaha, Nebraska

The mission of the University of Nebraska’s Peter Kiewit Institute to serve Omaha and Nebraska through education, research and outreach is clear and more important than ever – and can be achieved with modest operational adjustments, integrated strategic planning, ambitious investments and implementation of specific benchmarks for success.

That was the key conclusion of a presentation this fall to the Board of Regents by the chancellors of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The chancellors’ presentation on a plan for the Peter Kiewit Institute followed an external review earlier this year that concluded that PKI, while successful, has not yet achieved its full potential.

In accepting the plan of NU leadership to move PKI to the next level of excellence, the Board of Regents requested an integrated strategic plan for the institute that will include benchmarks for enrollment, program development, faculty hiring and engagement with business and industry.

The plan – to build on the strategic plans of PKI’s two affiliate colleges, the UNO College of Information Science and Technology and the UNL College of Engineering, as well as an NU/Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce assessment of workforce demands – will be submitted to the Board’s Academic Affairs Committee by Dec. 31. It will be developed by a PKI Advisory Council that includes the deans of those two colleges, the executive director of the Peter Kiewit Institute, and the senior vice chancellors for academic affairs at UNL and UNO.

“Over its nearly 20-year history, the Peter Kiewit Institute has enjoyed much success in meeting the education and research needs of businesses in Omaha and throughout Nebraska. But it is clear that PKI could be doing even more to serve Omaha and the state,” said University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken. Milliken said the plan presented by the chancellors “will advance the university’s ambitious goals and will help us meet the information science, technology and engineering needs in Omaha and Nebraska – now and well into the future.”

Regent Bob Whitehouse, chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, said: “The Board of Regents takes seriously its responsibility to ensure that the University of Nebraska is providing high-quality education to its students, generating a talented workforce for Nebraska, and engaging in productive relationships with the private sector. The Board is fully committed to the success of the Peter Kiewit Institute and supports the plans to develop strategies for PKI to realize its full potential.”

Goals already established for the UNL College of Engineering and UNO College of Information Science and Technology include:

  • Investment in a single, competitive College of Engineering with a significantly larger presence in Omaha that meets workforce needs in the metropolitan area and the state.
  • Increasing undergraduate enrollment in engineering from 2,700 to 3,600, including growing enrollment in Omaha-based engineering programs by 400 students, a 50 percent increase.
  • Expanding an Omaha-based Master of Engineering degree for working professionals.
  • Adding 50 new faculty lines in engineering, including 30 in Omaha, a 70 percent increase.
  • Expanding engagement with leading Omaha-area companies, including Kiewit, Union Pacific, ConAgra Foods and HDR Inc.
  • Creating summer workshops and internship opportunities for talented high school students interested in information technology.
  • Growing enrollment in information science and technology by 10 percent, including a 20 percent increase in enrollment of women; and increase the six-year graduation rate by 30 percent.
  • Growing research funding in the College of Information Science & Technology to $10 million.

Those goals will be integrated into the broader plan for the Peter Kiewit Institute.

NU financial aid far exceeding Board metrics

The University of Nebraska Foundation raised more than $30 million for need- and merit-based financial aid for NU students in fiscal year 2013, far exceeding the metrics established by the Board of Regents, according to a presentation at the Board’s September meeting.

The Foundation raised $12.9 million for need-based aid and $17.3 million for merit-based aid in FY2013, the Board learned. The Board’s metric in each category is $6 million.

Those funds are helping make a college education more affordable for thousands of NU students. Student support is the highest priority of the ongoing Campaign for Nebraska.

In addition, many other sources of financial support are available to students and families. This year, 6,671 NU students – almost a quarter of Nebraska undergraduates attending the university – qualify for full tuition coverage through Collegebound Nebraska. The university’s total investment in need-based aid from its operating budget is $10.8 million this year.

Additionally, more than 2,500 NU students are recipients of scholarships from the Susan T. Buffett Foundation, which provides aid to students attending Nebraska public colleges for tuition, fees, room and board, books, transportation and personal expenses. The number of Buffett scholars attending NU grew 18 percent over the past year.


This fall, the Board of Regents:

  • Heard an update on the university’s progress in global engagement, including comments from several NU students who recently studied abroad in Turkey. Recent success include the establishment of the American Exchange Center in Xi’an, China; a letter of intent to partner with IIT-Delhi, a leading institution in India, on cyber security and information assurance; recognition as a leading host institution for students participating in Brazil’s Scientific Mobility Program; and a reinvigoration of NU’s historic relationship with Ataturk University in Turkey. NU’s focus is on developing strong, mutually beneficial partnerships with institutions around the world that share NU’s interests and strengths in key areas like agriculture, early childhood development, public health and water.

  • Took a campus visit to the University of Nebraska at Omaha that included presentations on UNO’s master plan, UNO’s efforts to support new students and transfer students and a campus tour. The Board also heard a presentation on UNO’s success in supporting military learners; UNO recently was named the most military-friendly public institution in the country by Military Times.

  • Approved the naming of the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in recognition of an $8 million gift from Mr. Korff, a UNL alum. Mr. Korff died in August shortly after his gift was announced.

  • Approved an intermediate budget and design for the University/Community Facility at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

  • Heard updates from each of the student regents on developments on the NU campuses.

  • Recognized Regent Jeremy Hosein, student regent from UNMC, and thanked him for his service on the Board.

  • Conducted a workshop that included a briefing of the new integrated clinical enterprise at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a tour of Nebraska Innovation Campus, the private-public research and development center at UNL.


The Board of Regents is guided by a Strategic Framework that lays out specific, measurable goals in key areas such as affordability, enrollment, graduation rates, research, engagement with the citizens of Nebraska, and cost-effectiveness. The university regularly reports its progress in each of these areas to the Board; the detailed metrics and the university’s updated progress reports are available online

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