Hundreds of University of Nebraska at Omaha stakeholders participated in a series of listening sessions on Tuesday, intended to solicit feedback on the search for UNO’s next chancellor.
The listening sessions, hosted by University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds, Executive Vice President and Provost Susan Fritz, and the 15-member chancellor search advisory committee, drew students, faculty, staff, community members, and others interested in the search. About 85 attendees offered their thoughts on what qualities, characteristics, and experience they would like to see in the next chancellor. Comments touched on academics, connection with students, community engagement, research, diversity, and many other areas.
Bounds thanked members of the UNO community who shared feedback.
"This is a critical search for UNO’s future. The active engagement of our stakeholders will be invaluable in helping us find the right person to build on the campus’ significant momentum," he said. "I look forward to continuing to work closely with the UNO community throughout this process."
Input gathered during the listening sessions will inform the development of a position profile to be used to help attract candidates to succeed current Chancellor John Christensen. Christensen has announced his plans to step down after overseeing UNO through a decade of growth and progress.
Bounds will soon name a professional firm to assist in the national search. With the position profile as a guide, the search committee and professional firm will work to identify, recruit, assess, and recommend potential candidates. Bounds said he is confident the search committee – which represents a range of UNO constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, and the community – will work to assure a rich and diverse pool of candidates that exemplifies UNO’s unique and vital metropolitan university mission.
Bounds ultimately will select a priority candidate for chancellor, who will be subject to a public vetting period prior to the Board of Regents’ consideration of his or her appointment. The vetting period will include time on campus so members of the UNO community and public have an opportunity to meet the candidate and offer feedback.
The university will continue to communicate with stakeholders on developments related to the search. Bounds invited Nebraskans to visit nebraska.edu/UNOchancellorsearch for updated information.
If you were unable to attend one of the listening sessions and would like to share input, please complete this survey administered by Parker Executive Search: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NRVSQDX.