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 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. 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.

Bartee 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.

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.

J.G. Elliott Award nominations

The John G. (Jack) Elliott Award of the Chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center is given annually as provided by Mr. and Mrs. James Massey in memory of Regent Elliott to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to medicine and health programs for the State of Nebraska and for the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The individual must reside in Nebraska and may be a faculty or staff member of the University. 

Nominations for the J.G. Elliott Award, accepted each summer, maybe sent to: 

Bob Bartee, Vice Chancellor for External Relations
University of Nebraska Medical Center
986630 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-6630

or e-mailed to Kimberly Eriksen at

Final nominations then are submitted by the Chancellor to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, University of Nebraska.