Governor Dave Heineman says that he expects to make a decision in a couple of weeks on whether he’ll apply to be the next president of the University of Nebraska. He told reporters on Thursday at a news conference that he will be up front about his application.
“I think as governor, I would need to be very transparent on that issue. I don’t think it would be fair to citizens or to the board or anybody. I’ll be very up front about it,” Governor Heineman says.
Governor Heineman explains that he’s been encouraged by the people of Nebraska who have asked him to consider applying for the job.
“The people of Nebraska over the past several months and frankly, throughout a good share of this year, have asked me repeatedly what I’m going to do and many people have encouraged me to take a look at it,” Heineman says. “I started to take a look at it and recognized what I thought that position was all about, which may have been a little different than what I thought initially. That’s why I’m taking a serious look at it.”
Heineman says that he doesn’t think the fact that he initially appointed two of the regents would have a bearing on his selection. The position came open with the departure of university President J.B. Milliken, who left to become chancellor of the City University of New York. Heineman is leaving the governor’s office in January because of term limits. A search committee and outside firm are working with the university’s Board of Regents to conduct a national search to replace Milliken.