Search Underway for Next University President

Search Underway for Next University President

University of Nebraska Board of Regents Chairman Tim Clare and Vice Chairman Jim Pillen announced today the first steps in the search for the eighth president of the University of Nebraska.

In launching the presidential search, regents invited Nebraskans to begin considering the qualities, characteristics and skills they would like to see in NU’s next leader. Students, faculty, staff, Nebraskans and all stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments to

Clare and Pillen also said the Board plans to host a series of listening sessions soon to hear directly from stakeholders on what the Board should look for as it selects a successor to President Hank Bounds.

Dates, times and locations of the listening sessions will be announced when they are determined. All sessions will be open to the public.

“The University of Nebraska presidency is one of the best jobs in the country. The Board intends to conduct a timely national search to find the best possible person for the job,” Clare said, pointing to records in enrollment, research funding and graduation rates, along with increased efficiencies, collaboration and public-private partnerships, during Bounds’ four-year tenure.

“A successful search requires a good process, guided by feedback and engagement from Nebraskans across the state who care about the continued success of their University. Because of Hank Bounds, the University of Nebraska is on an incredible trajectory. We’re excited to begin a conversation with Nebraskans about how we keep that momentum going.”

Next steps for the Board include directing university staff to engage a consulting firm to assist the Board in the search.