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2011.04.20 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkldahl@unomaha.edu

Sr. Vice Chancellor Hynes Announces Retirement

Omaha - University of Nebraska at Omaha Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes announced today that she will resign her position, effective August 31. Hynes has served as UNO’s senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs since June 2008.

“We’ve accomplished a number of goals I had when I arrived, and I think this is the right time for this change,” Hynes said.

Under Hynes’s leadership, UNO focused special attention not only on recruiting students but also on retaining and graduating students in a more timely manner. To achieve this goal, in the past three years UNO has fully revamped its general education program and strengthened student advising and its ability to assess student perceptions of teaching effectiveness.

“We’ve put in place the foundation to leverage the strengths of our campus learning communities,” Hynes said. “That, too, should enhance student success at UNO.”

Hynes also aimed to deepen UNO’s strength in research and creative activity. UNO grew its external funding for contracts and grants during the past three years and recently was reclassified by the Carnegie Corporation as a doctoral research university.

This year UNO also introduced a program that provides support to undergraduate students and their faculty mentors involved in research.

“Terry quickly understood UNO’s goals as a student-centered metropolitan university focused on excellence and community engagement,” UNO Chancellor John Christensen said. “She hit the ground running and helped advance UNO’s priorities just as we began our second century.” Christensen said he will move quickly to appoint an interim senior vice chancellor. Hynes will retire from the university after leaving her position.

“I look forward to working with the interim senior vice chancellor to make this a seamless transition for UNO. It’s been an honor and a pleasure to serve as UNO’s senior vice chancellor,” Hynes said. “I feel fortunate to have had the chance to work with a great group of administrators, faculty and staff who are so dedicated to students and the community.”

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