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2008.01.24 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Final Senior Vice Chancellor Search Candidate to Visit UNO Jan. 30-31

Omaha - Suzanne Ortega, dean of the University of Washington Graduate School and vice provost, will visit the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and be interviewed for the position of senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs starting on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Dr. Ortega is one of four finalists.

Several public events have been planned for her two-day campus visit. All faculty, staff, students and members of the public are encouraged to attend and take part in any or all of the these four meetings. The first event, an open forum, has been set for 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom. Three other events are being hosted by university groups and have focus topics. The day and times, sponsoring unit, topics and locations are:

• Wednesday, Jan. 30, 3:45 p.m. -- “Shared Governance at UNO” hosted by the AAUP Executive Committee and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee in the MBSC Gallery Room;

• Thursday, Jan. 31, 9:45 a.m. “Civic Engagement and Service Learning” hosted by the Service Learning Academy and the Civic Participation AQIP Advisory Team, MBSC Gallery Room; and

• Thursday, Jan. 31, 10:45 a.m. -- “The Importance of Faculty Development, Teaching, Research, and Assessment ” hosted by the offices and committees for assessment, faculty development, graduate studies, and research, MBSC Council Room.

In addition to the four public events, Dr. Ortega will meet with a wide range of campus constituents, including faculty, staff and students.

The three other finalists are Terry Hynes, dean emerita and professor in the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications; Charles D. Hurt, former provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls; and Gordon McQuere, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Washburn University, Topeka, Kan.

Dr. Ortega has served as dean of the University of Washington Graduate School and vice provost since 2005. From 2000 to 2005, she worked as vice provost for Advanced Studies and as dean of the Graduate School at the University-Columbia.

She received an associate’s degree from Brevard Junior College and a bachelor’s degree from Austin Peay State University. She earned both her master’s degree and doctorate from Vanderbilt University. For more information on all of the candidates, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/aandsaffairs/vc-search/ .

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