UNO Chancellor Search Advisory Committee
President Hank Bounds has named a 15-member advisory committee to assist him in the national search for the next UNO chancellor. The committee includes representatives of the faculty, staff, students and the community – all key constituencies with whom the UNO chancellor regularly interacts. Committee members will work with Bounds and the search firm to identify, recruit, assess and recommend a rich and diverse pool of chancellor candidates.
The search committee will be co-chaired by Theresa Barron-McKeagney, associate dean of UNO’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service, and Michael Yanney, chairman emeritus of The Burlington Capital Group LLC and a leader of Omaha’s business and philanthropic communities. Other committee members are:
- Phani Tej Adidam, chair, UNO Department of Marketing & Entrepreneurship
- Alex Bauer, graduate assistant, UNO Service Learning Academy
- Heidi Blackburn, assistant professor, UNO Criss Library
- Patrick Davlin, UNO student body president and student regent
- Nancy Edick, dean, UNO College of Education
- Washington Garcia, director, UNO School of Music
- Cecil Hicks Jr., UNO assistant vice chancellor for human resources
- Jay Irwin, UNO associate professor of sociology
- Jaci Lindburg, UNO assistant director for digital learning
- Mitch Pirnie, energy group general counsel, Kiewit Corp.
- Yong Shi, UNO professor of information systems and quantitative analysis
- Deborah Smith-Howell, UNO associate vice chancellor for academic and student affairs and dean of graduate studies
- Bob Woody, UNO Faculty Senate president and professor of psychology
About the City of Omaha
With a population of more than 1.2 million within a 50-mile radius, Omaha is integral to UNO and offers unlimited opportunities for collaboration. Students can find internships, careers and other opportunities in the heart of Nebraska’s largest city. Omaha is home to four Fortune 500 companies: Berkshire Hathaway, Mutual of Omaha, Peter Kiewit and Union Pacific. Omaha also serves as a center of creativity, business and philanthropy, where leading companies, visionary nonprofits, award-winning arts and culture, and innovative start-ups flourish and attract a diverse range of world-class talent, from entrepreneurs to artists.
Residents and visitors can take in a concert at the CenturyLink Center or the world-famous Holland Performing Arts Center, catch an art house film at the internationally recognize Film Streams, stroll the more than 100 acres at the Lauritzen Gardens, or shop and dine in the Old Market, Midtown Crossing or Aksarben Village.
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About the University of Nebraska-Omaha
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
The University of Nebraska at Omaha is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan research university, offering nationally recognized bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at competitive prices that meet the diverse needs of traditional and nontraditional students. UNO spans more than 150 acres on multiple campuses in the heart of Omaha – a testament to the fact that UNO is driven by an extraordinary connection to and partnership with the city it calls home.
Since its inception in 1908, UNO has been firmly anchored in the community, forging partnerships with business, education, government, arts and civic organizations. Early founders of UNO had a desire for a learning environment “free from ecclesiastical control” and for a university within reach of anyone who sought higher education. Accessibility is a commitment that remains an important part of UNO’s mission and vision.
By 1930, Omaha voters approved taking over control of the University of Omaha, making it the city’s first and only municipal university. Over time UNO became the state’s metropolitan university and the symbiotic relationship between UNO and the city of Omaha has only grown stronger.
In the 1930s, UNO adopted adult education and continuing studies programs that were progressive for the time, focusing on access, lifelong learning and educating students for employment. To this day, UNO prides itself on preparing students for careers and narrowing the gap between student life and career life.
Since UNO became part of the University of Nebraska in 1968, there has been a flurry of growth – from Mammel Hall, the state-of-the-art, 120,000-square-foot home of the College of Business Administration, to the Health, Physical Education and Recreation building, one of the premier university recreation centers in the country. UNO has added 832,000 total square feet of facilities and renovated more than half of its academic space in recent years. Student housing has been constructed, allowing more students to live on campus and fully experience all that UNO has to offer. UNO has taken its athletics programs to the next level, joining the ranks of NCAA Division I sports in the Summit League. On the academic side, priorities include early childhood education, global engagement, STEM fields and sustainability. UNO is widely recognized for its military friendliness with a presence at Offutt Air Force Base since 1950 and its connections to urban, regional, national and global communities.
For seven consecutive years, UNO has remained on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its civic engagement. UNO in 2014 celebrated the grand opening of the new 60,000-square-foot Community Engagement Center, which will support and allow for further expansion of university-community partnerships.
It is in part thanks to its rich, layered history that Mavericks today know they are a part of a university committed to diversity and inclusion. The opportunity to create the next chapter continues as the University of Nebraska at Omaha addresses the changing needs of the metropolitan area, state, region and world.