Board of Regents approve committee for NU president search, plan listening sessions next week

Oct. 19, 2023, 5 a.m. ·

Board of Regents meet via videoconference in a special meeting
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents met via videoconference to approve the 22-member committee for the NU presidential search.

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The University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved the 22-member search committee to find the system’s next president on Thursday.

All eight regents, as well as the four student regents, are on the committee. Only four regents were part of the search that brought current NU president Ted Carter.

Also on the advisory board are the faculty senate presidents from the four NU campuses, a representative from the NU Foundation and community members in agriculture and business from across the state.

Chair Tim Clare said at the meeting that serving on the search panel is a commitment of time and effort.

“Fortunately I have the greatest confidence in these individuals, knowing that they are more than up to the task,” Clare said.

Listening sessions are scheduled on all four campuses starting next week.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska at Omaha communities can share thoughts with the committee on October 24. The University of Nebraska at Kearney will have listening sessions on October 25, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will host some on October 26.

Clare said finding the next system president is an important job, and he believes the selected individuals are up to the task.

“Serving on this committee is a serious commitment of time and of hard work,” Clare said. “That work will genuinely impact the well-being of the entire state and beyond.”

There is no timeline for filling the role. In a message to campus communities, Clare said the goal is to move fast, but to not rush the process.

Current NU President Ted Carter is leaving on December 31 to start as The Ohio State University president on January 1.