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2008.03.27 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

Conley Named Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance

Omaha - Chancellor John Christensen announced today that William Conley has been named vice chancellor for Business and Finance at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

“I look forward to Bill Conley joining our administrative team and his leadership of this important area on our campus,” Christensen said. “Bill’s knowledge of business operations in the corporate sector, coupled with his solid record of professionalism and fiscal management, is a great fit for UNO. As an alum and a native Omahan, he can ‘hit the ground running’; and with the ongoing development of our Dodge, Pacific and Center Street campuses, that’s an important advantage. Bill will play a key role in shaping UNO’s future.”

Conley has been managing director of Flatwater Ventures, LLC, since 2007. Prior to that position, he worked at the Omaha World-Herald Company in various executive posts starting in 1990. Most recently he served as vice president-director of Administrative Services and president of World Investments, Inc., as well as a member of the Omaha World-Herald Company board of directors.

He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1984 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s in business administration from UNO in 1992.

“It is a privilege to join the UNO community. As a lifelong Omaha resident and proud UNO graduate, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work at an institution I care so deeply about,” Conley said. “This is an exciting time at UNO. I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, administration, students, alumni and community in contributing to UNO's continued success.”

Conley joins UNO administration May 15. He succeeds Julie Totten, who was named interim vice chancellor for Business and Finance in 2006.

Conley was chosen after a national search chaired by Totten and Louis Pol, dean of the College of Business Administration. Conley was one of four finalists for the position.

His appointment is subject to approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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