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2006.08.14 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Vice Chancellor Jim Buck Retires; Julie Totten to Serve as Interim Vice Chancellor

Omaha - University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Vice Chancellor for Administration James R. Buck announced his retirement this weekend, effective immediately.  Buck came to campus from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE) where he was vice chancellor for development and public affairs, and chief executive officer of the SIUE Foundation. 

Julie Totten, associate vice chancellor for administration and director of finance, will serve as interim vice chancellor.  A search will be initiated soon. Buck began his UNO career as vice chancellor for University Affairs and Communication in 1998, with responsibility for public relations, governmental and legislative affairs, and outreach.  In 2003, following a series of university budget reductions and retirements among top UNO administrators, Buck was named to his current position.

“Having worked with Jim Buck at two universities, I appreciate his commitment to the goals of higher education and our students.  I wish him and Joyce well as they begin this new chapter in their lives,” said UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck.

Totten came to UNO in 1972 and is responsible for the areas of budgeting, student accounts, cashiering, accounting, operations analysis, internal audit, purchasing, and risk management.  A Nebraska native, Totten will oversee business and finance, facilities management and planning, human resources, and student center operations.

“Having been at UNO for 34 years, it’s exciting to watch the campus grow in both size and distinction.  I look forward to contributing to the university’s progress in this role,” Totten said. 

Chancellor Belck praised Totten’s leadership saying, “Julie Totten’s professionalism and integrity are recognized throughout the campus and the NU system.  Her experience will be invaluable during this transition phase.”

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