Reminder: Public listening sessions are this week on NU presidential search

UNMC is the host today of the first public listening sessions to gather input on the search for the University of Nebraska System’s ninth president.

The NU Board of Regents announced a series of public listening sessions to be held this week on all four NU campuses to gather input on the search. The UNMC community, as well as the rest of the university community and the public, are invited to attend today’s session, the first from 8-9:30 a.m. and the second from 10-11:30 a.m., at the Sorrell Center, Room 2010

All members of the university community and the public are invited to attend and share their thoughts on what they think the board should look for in the next president.

Details on the listening sessions, including today’s, are:

Today (Tuesday, October 24)

  • UNMC session #1: 8 to 9:30 a.m., Sorrell Center, Room 2010
  • UNMC session #2: 10 to 11:30 a.m., Sorrell Center, Room 2010
  • UNO session #1: 1 to 2:30 p.m., Milo Bail Student Center #226/228, Chancellor’s Room
  • UNO session #2: 3 to 4:30 p.m., Milo Bail Student Center #226/228, Chancellor’s Room

Wednesday, October 25

  • UNK session #1: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Ockinga Conference Room
  • UNK session #2: 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ockinga Conference Room

Thursday, October 26

  • UNL session #1: 9 to 10:30 a.m., Nebraska Union, Platte River Room South
  • UNL session #2: Noon to 1:30 p.m., Nebraska East Union, Arbor A (Cottonwood)

The sessions are in-person only.

For those unable to attend a listening session or who prefer to share feedback electronically, the board has created an online submission form at this link. Submissions are anonymous.

Feedback gathered from the listening sessions and electronic survey will inform the development of the “position profile” that will be used to recruit potential candidates. In a letter to all faculty, staff and students Thursday, Tim Clare of Lincoln, chairman of the Board of Regents and the board’s District 1 representative, said the board’s goal is to “cast as wide a net as possible” and consider a range of candidates before ultimately bringing a priority candidate forward for vetting by NU stakeholders.

Clare stressed the importance of stakeholder participation in the search process and urged as many Nebraskans as possible to provide input.

“The presidency of the university is one of the most important leadership positions in the state,” Clare wrote. “I believe we have a great opportunity to attract a candidate who recognizes our university’s unique role in transforming lives and can rally all Nebraskans around a shared vision for excellence.”

The next president will succeed Ted Carter, who is stepping down Dec. 31.