University of Nebraska

Date Posted April 15, 2014


The University of Nebraska Board of Regents invites nominations and applications for the position of President. After a highly successful decade leading NU, President James B. Milliken has been named chancellor of the City University of New York effective June 1. The Board of Regents seeks a dynamic, innovative and visionary new leader who has successfully demonstrated these abilities in a major complex organization.

The state's only public university, NU is comprised of a comprehensive research campus in Lincoln, a health sciences center and clinical enterprise in Omaha, a metropolitan campus in Omaha, and a residential undergraduate-focused campus in Kearney, as well as a two-year college of technical agriculture in Curtis, and research, extension and service facilities statewide.

NU operates with an annual budget of $2.4 billion, enrolling 50,000 students, employing 13,000 faculty and staff, and contributing significantly to the state and regional economy. The university has a robust research enterprise with R&D expenditures averaging nearly $360 million per year since 2005. The most successful capital campaign in the institution's history is on track to raise $1.8 billion by end of the calendar year.

The university is guided by a Strategic Framework which has as its overarching goal to be the best public university in the country as measured by the impact it has on the people of the state and through them the world. Our highest priorities include: ensuring affordable access to high-quality education, increasing educational attainment, serving as a catalyst for economic growth, creating and sharing new knowledge and having a broad perspective as the university and its partners take on some of the most critical challenges of the day.

The president is the chief executive officer of the university, which is governed by a Board of Regents of eight members elected by district and four non-voting student regents who are the elected student body presidents of the major campuses. The president appoints the campus chancellors and provides overall administrative leadership in academic affairs, strategic planning, business and finance, physical planning, budget development and control, university and governmental relations, institutional research and policy analysis, global engagement, information technology, human resources, diversity and equity, and legal affairs. Additional information about the university and the presidential search can be found at

The next president will have an extraordinary opportunity to advance the University of Nebraska by building on an already impressive foundation and continuing its development as a nationally renowned and globally relevant public research university that forges new frontiers in scholarship and provides an exceptional, affordable education to students in service to the state, nation and world.

The University of Nebraska has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be sent to: David Bellshaw, Vice President and Director, Bernard Jones, Managing Associate, Lindsay Gold, Associate, 1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94111, Email: Email submission of application materials is strongly encouraged.

The University is an AA/EEO employer and will not discriminate based on an individual's sex, age, disability, race, color, religion, marital or veteran's status, national or ethnic origin.