Kopp was announced as UNO's next chief academic officer unit by Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., in April following a national search to replace B.J. Reed, Ph.D., who served in the role until his retirement on May 31.
As Senior Vice Chancellor, Kopp will support of the chancellor in UNO’s academic mission with a commitment to academic excellence as well as student access and opportunities. This includes oversight of each of UNO's colleges; Office of Research and Creative Activity; Office of Institutional Effectiveness; as well as campus efforts for inclusion, community engagement, global engagement and accreditation.
Sacha Kopp Hiring Announcement
Originally Published April 23, 2019
Sacha Kopp, Ph.D., has been named to join the Maverick family as the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) next Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
As UNO’s chief academic officer, the position provides strategic direction, in support of the chancellor, toward the advancement of UNO’s academic mission with a commitment to academic excellence as well as student access and opportunities.
“Dr. Kopp is a true leader in higher education with a demonstrated record as an effective educator and inspirational leader,” said Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D. “I have the utmost confidence in his ability to build on our current efforts toward enhancing academic excellence and student-centered learning, fostering a culture of innovation, and implementing the key initiatives within our strategic plan.”
“I am thrilled to be coming to Omaha,” Kopp said. “It is clear UNO is a very special place. Its deep connection to Omaha is unlike anywhere else. I was also so impressed by the passion and care of every faculty and staff member I spoke with during my interviews and recent campus visit. I am honored and excited to join this exceptional, mission-driven institution.”
It is clear UNO is a very special place. Its deep connection to Omaha is unlike anywhere else. I was also so impressed by the passion and care of every faculty and staff member I spoke with during my interviews and recent campus visit. I am honored and excited to join this exceptional, mission-driven institution.
- Dr. Sacha Kopp
Today’s announcement follows a national search conducted in partnership between a 29-person UNO search committee and a leadership search firm. More than 70 higher education leaders applied for the position. Twelve participated in preliminary interviews and four advanced as to extensive campus visits as finalists. Each finalist participated in a series of campus interviews with university stakeholders and a public forum. Feedback was accepted via online forms that were open to all members of the campus and Omaha community. Hundreds of hours were dedicated to references and thoughtful input from our community. This recommendation has now been passed to President Bounds and the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.
“I cannot overstate my gratitude for the careful consideration and diligent work of everyone involved,” Gold said. “This was a comprehensive search process that involved representation from students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and community stakeholders at every level. I am so pleased with the level of engagement in this search. The vast number of questions and comments we received throughout the process speaks to just how highly we Mavericks value the academic excellence of this institution."
Kopp succeeds current UNO Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs B.J. Reed, Ph.D., who will retire May 31, after 36 years of service at UNO in both faculty and administrative roles.
Sacha Kopp's Bio
Sacha Kopp, Ph.D., served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the State University of New York at Stony Brook from 2014-2018.
During his time as dean, 80 tenure-line faculty were hired and the diversity of the faculty increased. The Center for Social Justice, Inequalities, and Policy was also created to foster interdisciplinary work in the social sciences and humanities, building connections with other colleges across the university.
Additionally, as dean, Kopp created a promotional track for instructional faculty and saw sponsored research grow from $36 million a year to $46 million a year, including the awarding of two Department of Energy EFRC grants of $10 million each.
Kopp also served on President's Council on Diversity and Inclusion with programs developed at the college level serving as the model for the campus-wide diversity plan. Previously Kopp served as Associate Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and a professor physics at the University of Texas (2010-2014).
He earned his doctoral, master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of Chicago.