Vice Chancellor for External Relations

Robert D. Bartee

Robert D. BarteeWorld class doesn’t just happen. It takes strategic thinking, bold actions and visionary leaders. UNMC has that in Bob Bartee, a Nebraskan whose behind-the-scenes work under six chancellors has transformed UNMC into a leader in health care research, education and patient care.

As vice chancellor for external relations, Bartee is responsible for government relations, strategic communicationsalumni relations and rural health initiatives. His success in directing tobacco settlement funds toward biomedical research and the state’s cigarette tax to cancer research has benefited countless Nebraskans.

A leader in designing strategies for public policy advocacy, communications and strategic advancement, he also secured state support for the nationally recognized Nebraska Rural Health Education Network, assembled partners to create a vision and master plan to revitalize midtown Omaha and led efforts to create the Nebraska Cancer Registry and the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska.

Bartee holds a master's degree from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He is a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges Governmental Relations Steering Committee and the Association of Academic Health Centers Health Policy Advisory Committee and Policy Assembly. He serves on The History Nebraska Board.

In 2021, Bartee and his wife, Helen, received the Lifesavers Award from the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures for their work supporting science programs and science literacy. In 2005, Bartee received the Marvin D. Swede Johnson Achievement Award, jointly bestowed by four national associations of higher education for lifetime achievement in governmental relations.