08/19/2007 Honors & Awards
The executive vice president and provost administers the University of Nebraska's faculty awards, entrepreneurship awards and honorary degree program. These awards honor service to the university, excellence in teaching, research and outreach, and achievement in entrepreneurship. For information on criteria, past recipients and nominations, please follow the links above.

Date Recipient
08/20/2007 Programs of Excellence
The University of Nebraska allocates funding for areas of research, teaching and public service that are critical to Nebraska's public health, economic development, elementary and secondary education, and access to the university.

Since FY2003 the University of Nebraska has invested $20 million for Programs of Excellence (POE) on its four campuses to 140 separate programs. The purpose of the POE funds was to support campus priorities by leveraging a good program to attain a higher level of distinction and enhanced national reputation. In 2011 the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost undertook a review of the success to date of the investments made after five years of POE support. This review was in compliance with the requirements for periodic review in the Board of Regents Strategic Framework [SF2 (b) (i)]. The review sought to answer questions about how the funds were used; what investments the campuses made; what evidence of success could be measured from external funding, publications, or other relevant criteria; the effectiveness of the leadership and the history of any difficulties; and whether the POE program has a strategic plan and remains a campus priority.

Overall the POE investment has been very successful in building programs that led to new academic programs and enhanced research. The POE investment from 2003-2008 was $15.5 million. By 2012 that investment was matched by campus investments of almost $32 million. These investments have leveraged programs which have now won nearly $530 million in external funding. Over 10,700 publications, grants, papers, and awards have been produced in POE programs. The initial investment of POE supported in full or in part 107 tenure-track faculty hires and 90 non-tenure track faculty, staff, and graduate students. The successful investment in faculty resulted in a growth of external awards and endowment gifts that today assist in the funding of 157 tenure-track faculty members and another 147 non-tenure-track faculty, staff, and graduate assistants. All but a handful of programs that received a POE investment are in place today and continue to be campus priorities.
08/19/2007 Staff
Executive Vice President and Provost Susan Fritz Susan Fritz
Executive Vice President and Provost

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Susan M. Fritz is the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Dean of the Graduate College at the University of Nebraska, having served as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs in the Provost’s Office at the University of Nebraska since August 2011. Before joining the Provost’s Office, Dr. Fritz served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Interim Dean of the Agricultural Research Division. She also directed IANR’s international agricultural programs, and is a former associate dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and department head of the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC) program.

Dr. Fritz is a 1979 graduate of UNL; she received her master’s degree in 1989 and her Ph.D. in 1993, both from UNL. In 2009, Dr. Fritz was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement and is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence. She recently completed a Fulbright Senior Specialist assignment at the University of Zagreb (Croatia), and serves as a North Central Higher Learning Commission Consultant Evaluator and a 2012 Baldrige Examiner with the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
Gabrielle Banick Associate Vice President for P-16 Initiatives
Angela Dibbert
Office Associate
Susan Fritz Executive Vice President and Provost
Jeanne Holdren
Administrative Associate
David Jackson Vice Provost
Cathy Robertus
Executive Assistant to the Provost
Rich Sincovec Senior Science Fellow
Institutional Research
Theresa Haarberg Scholarship Director
Vanessa Roof
Assistant Director, Institutional Research
Pedro Okoruwa Institutional Research Data Reporting Specialist
Steven Romano
Institutional Research Data Analyst
Kristin Yates
Associate Vice President for Institutional Research and Chief Data Officer
Anne Embree Data Analytics Specialist
Global Engagement
Steven Duke Assistant Vice President for Global Strategy and International Initiatives
NU Online
Jill Bertsch
Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications
Todd Karr Assistant Director, NU Online
Mary Niemiec
Associate Vice President for Digital Education and Director, NU Online
Kenna Schneringer Marketing Coordinator
Jennifer Schrodt
Assistant to the Director, NU Online
Laura Wiese
Director of Marketing and Communication, NU Online
Barbara Shousha
Associate Director of NU Online and Director, University of Nebraska High School
08/20/2007 Nebraska Research Initiative

The Nebraska Research Initiative (NRI) is an investment by the State of Nebraska to provide a research base within the University of Nebraska to enhance economic growth in business and industry, agriculture, social services and health care.

NRI funding is focused on strengthening the University of Nebraska’s research capacity in areas impacting Nebraskans. These investments are designed so that researchers on all four campuses fully leverage multi-campus facilities and expertise to help develop knowledge that allows a better understanding of, and addresses issues associated with, the wide variety of complex systems found in nature and society.

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For additional information, please contact Dr. David Jackson, Vice Provost at (402) 472-0075 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

08/04/2007 Academic Affairs/Provost
The executive vice president and provost is the University of Nebraska's chief academic officer and, after the president, the university's ranking administrative officer. The provost serves as dean of the Graduate College, presiding officer of the graduate faculty and chair of the Executive Graduate Council, responsible for implementing policies governing graduate studies and research.

The executive vice president and provost acts as an advisor to the president, chancellors and Board of Regents on matters related to academic affairs, graduate studies and research, and serves as acting president in the temporary absence of the president.


The office of the executive vice president and provost is responsible for:
  • Overseeing all University of Nebraska academic programs and activities. The Council of Academic Officers, which includes the chief academic officer from each campus, advises and assists in this process. The executive vice president and provost is also responsible for recommending any changes in or additions to academic programs for consideration by the president and Board of Regents, and reviewing promotion and tenure recommendations.
  • Working with the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education , which is responsible for maintaining a master plan for higher education in Nebraska and helping to avoid unnecessary duplication of programs and facilities.
  • Supporting the work of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), created to improve efficiency in the administration of higher education institutions and to increase access to and affordability in higher education.
  • Participating in the work of EPSCoR, a federally supported program to enhance the research capabilities of designated states to compete more successfully for federal research funding.
  • Representing the University of Nebraska in national professional academic organizations, including the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the American Council on Education (ACE).
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