Dr. Meza interim leader for global engagement

Beginning Jan. 1, Jane Meza, Ph.D., will begin a new role as interim associate vice chancellor for global and student support for UNMC, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Nebraska Medicine.

New responsibilities

In her new role, Dr. Meza, in part, will:

  • Identify opportunities for collaborative programs addressing the on-campus needs of international students at both institutions;
  • Identify opportunities and provide support for study abroad for both UNO and UNMC students;
  • Promote shared and integrated campus educational environments;
  • Strengthen the quality, breadth and focus of relevant academic exchange programs;
  • Identify opportunities for collaborative research projects;
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration in areas of special interest to either campus including medical tourism; and
  • Develop joint opportunities such as seminars, training workshops, conferences and other activities in the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Meza currently serves as senior associate dean for the UNMC College of Public Health and chair of its department of biostatistics. She will retain her role as senior associate dean, and an interim department chair will be named.

UNO, UNMC and Nebraska Medicine have established this new position to cooperate and collaborate on global engagement issues related to their mission areas of education, research and service. The three entities will identify opportunities for collaborations in areas related to the development and implementation of global engagement activities and programs, both on-campus and overseas.

“We are very pleased to announce this new position and the opportunities, collaboration and efficiencies it will provide UNMC, UNO and Nebraska Medicine as we leverage each of our strengths to create a more cohesive global engagement program,” said UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D. “As these programs grow and become even more prominent, we are confident that Dr. Meza will provide strong and highly engaged leadership.”

“As an internationally engaged campus we are excited about this partnership,” said UNO Chancellor John Christensen, Ph.D. “Jane taking on this new role will allow us to support our students and Omaha’s connection to hundreds of other locations all over the world.”

“We welcome Dr. Meza to the Nebraska Medicine family,” said Daniel J. DeBehnke, M.D., M.B.A., chief executive officer of Nebraska Medicine. “Her appointment signifies another step forward in the partnership between our organization and our University of Nebraska colleagues. Education, research and service are at the core of what we do at Nebraska Medicine, and Dr. Meza will be a great fit to further those missions.”

Dr. Meza will report to the senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at UNO as well as two vice chancellors at UNMC – business and finance and academic affairs.

“I look forward to being involved in this opportunity to expand the collaboration among UNO, UNMC and Nebraska Medicine to further develop the international reach, reputation and relevance of our programs,” Dr. Meza said.

A biostatistician, Dr. Meza joined UNMC in 2000 after receiving her Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She served a 10-month stint as interim dean of the College of Public Health in 2013-2014.

Campus leaders said there are no plans, at this time, to search for a permanent associate vice chancellor. A search will begin soon, however, for a new chair of the department of biostatistics at the UNMC College of Public Health.


  1. Dele Davies, M.D., vice chancellor for student affairs at UNMC says:

    "We are delighted to have Dr. Meza as the interim associate vice chancellor for global and student support. In this role, Dr. Meza brings her considerable talents to support international students in Omaha and domestic students who study abroad and to help advance our educational, research and service missions at a time of increasing need for collaboration across institutions. The collaboration between UNMC, UNO and Nebraska Medicine will enable each organization to extend our reach and to improve opportunities for one another."

  2. Jialin C. Zheng says:

    Dear Dr. Meza, Congratulations for this new appointment! You will lead our global collaborations to next level, facilitate active and fruitful collaborations between UNO, UNMC and Nebraska Medicine and better serve our students, the center of our mission! Sincerely, Jialin C. Zheng

  3. Ming-Fong Lin, Ph.D. says:

    Dr. Meza is a wonderful candidate for the position. She is very responsive. Congratulation, Jane,

  4. Danstan Bagenda says:

    Congratulations Dr Meza!

  5. Keith Swarts says:

    Dr. Meza, Congrats on your appointment to this position. Your leadership and guidance will enable us to continue our international endeavors associate with education, research and public service in a collaborative relationship not only for UNMC but UNO and Nebraska Medicine as well.

  6. Sasha Shillcutt, MD says:

    Way to go Dr. Meza!

  7. Jessica Semin says:

    Congrats Dr. Meza! 🙂

  8. Magda Peck says:

    Jim and I are thrilled for you, Jane. Lead on.

  9. Aileen Warren says:

    Dr. Meza – I am sure you will do a fantastic job in the role. Congrats!

  10. Ketki Patel says:

    Congrats Dr. Meza! God speed and good luck to you. – Ketki P.

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