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2008.04.17 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

David Boocker to Become New Arts and Sciences Dean

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha announced today that David Boocker has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

"Dr. Boocker brings a wealth of experience and leadership to UNO's oldest and largest college," said Sheri Noren Everts, interim senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. "David is an able administrator, scholar and teacher who embraces the challenges and opportunities a metropolitan institution presents. He is a great fit for the university."

Dr. Boocker currently serves as chair and professor of the Department of English and Journalism at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. He earned his doctorate in English literature from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1988. His bachelor's and master's degrees, both in English, came from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in 1980 and 1983.

"I'm honored to have been selected to serve as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences," Dr. Boocker said. "I have been very impressed by the achievements of the students and faculty, and I look forward to working together with the faculty, staff, administration and students as UNO celebrates its 100th anniversary and looks toward its bright future."

Dr. Boocker will start as dean in July. He succeeds Shelton Hendricks, who is retiring. B.J. Reed, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, chaired the search committee.

"I'm pleased for UNO and pleased for Dr. Boocker," Dr. Reed said. "Our national search attracted great candidates. The feedback from the campus community about David and his vision for what an academic institution should be was exceedingly positive."

The 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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