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2007.08.17 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Maher Named Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) announced today that Harmon Maher will serve as the university’s interim associate vice chancellor for research and creative activity. Maher, a UNO geology professor, will begin his new role with the start of the fall semester.

“Having Dr. Maher step into this role is important for our institution,” said Sheri Rogers, interim senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.  “Research and creative activity on campus are both key to the future of UNO.

Maher has taught at UNO since 1983 and became a full professor in 1996.  He earned his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in 1983.

“Taking on this new challenge is exciting. Research and creative activity is an integral part of our efforts here at UNO, linked to both teaching and service, and contributing to the welfare of both the city and state,” Maher said.  “There is much to be proud of and to look forward to."

During the 2007 fiscal year, UNO received more than $9 million in external funding. 

UNO Professor Tom Bragg stepped down from the associate vice chancellor for research position earlier this year to return to full-time teaching and research with a special focus on his efforts to establish an Omaha-area environmental teaching and research facility at the university’s Allwine Prairie Preserve.  The 160-acre prairie is located near 144th and State Streets.

“Dr. Bragg’s work as the associate vice chancellor for research has greatly benefited UNO and will be sorely missed, but the university regains his ability to make significant and valued contributions to its research and teaching mission,” Maher said.

A national search will be conducted for the permanent associate vice chancellor for research position after the new senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs is selected. For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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