Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D. discussed his transition process, freedom of expression, and the budget outlook during a campus forum on Friday, Jan. 12.
Dozens of faculty, staff, and students attended the forum, with more watching the live stream.
Chancellor's Transition Process
Chancellor Gold began the meeting by reviewing the Chancellor's Transition process, which wound to a close at the end of 2017, and resulted in a final report that is currently accessible online. Chancellor Gold said the next steps include refining UNO's Mission through incorporating transition feedback into Strategic Planning.
Freedom of Expression
Moving to freedom of expression, Chancellor Gold shared that a draft of a University of Nebraska policy is on track to go to the Board of Regents later this month. A working group with representation from each campus designed the policy. It will serve as a framework document that works in tandem with each campus' facilities use policy.
Chancellor Gold reviewed the current University of Nebraska Budget Response Team (BRT) process to address a systemwide $49 million budget shortfall caused by the state's economic downturn. He then discussed Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts's Wednesday State of the State address, which included a call for an additional statewide 2 percent cut for the current fiscal year and 4 percent cut for the following year - with the exception of certain priority programs.
Chancellor Gold emphasized that the cuts are a proposal, and promised continued transparency as he, his fellow chancellors, and other University of Nebraska leaders discuss strategies for navigating further cuts, dependent on the actions of Nebraska legislators.
While Chancellor Gold said he is concerned about the potential of what would be "painful" cuts, he added there are many reasons to be optimistic about UNO's future.
"We are continuously solidly in a growth mode," he said. "I'm really proud of that and very pleased we're in that growth trajectory."
Our Campus. Otherwise Known as Omaha.
The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. Learn more about Equity, Access and Diversity.