Board of Regents

Jim Pillen, DVM

Vice Chairman 2019
Re-elected 2018
Elected to the Board of Regents 2012

Personal and Professional

  • Born in Columbus, Nebraska
  • Married to Suzanne Shreve, four children
  • Pillen Family Farms, Inc. – Founder and Owner
  • Danbred North America – Managing Partner


  • Kansas State University, 1983, DVM
  • University of Nebraska, 1979, BS in Animal Science
  • Lakeview High School, 1974, Diploma

Community Activities

  • Columbus Community Hospital Board of Directors – Current Chair
  • Scotus Central Catholic High School Endowment Board – Current Chair
  • TeamMates Mentoring Program and State Foundation – Current Board Member
  • St. Isidore Catholic Church – Current Lector, Past Finance Committee, Past Building Committee
  • St. Augustine Mission Board of Directors – Past Director
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business Administration Advisory Board – Past Board Member
  • Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce – Past President
  • Columbus Family YMCA – Past President, Fundraising Chair
  • Columbus Community Hospital Foundation – Past Chair
  • Platte County American Heart Association Heart Walk – Past Chair

Professional Memberships and Service

  • Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Association of Swine Practitioners
  • National Pork Producers Council
  • Pork Action Group
  • Christians Encounter Christ (CEC) Movement
  • Youth for Christ
  • Dominican Republic Mission projects
  • SCF Drive – Major Gifts Division
  • Shamrock Club


  • 2009 Columbus Days King Ferdinand
  • 2008 Chamber of Commerce Archway Award recipient
  • 2008 Distinguished Entrepreneur from the Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship at UNL’s College of Business Administration
  • 2007 Hall of Fame Award, Voluntary Pork Checkoff
  • 2004 UNL Football Hall of Fame Inductee, Academic All American, 2-Time First Team All Big 8
  • 2003 Business Excellence Achievement Award from UNL’s College of Business Administration