Gov. Dave Heineman’s candidacy for president of the University of Nebraska has become an issue in the campaign for the Board of Regents.
Pawnee City business owner, Steve Glenn, is running against incumbent Rob Schaefer, a Beatrice attorney, in District 5.
Rob Schaefer was appointed to the board by Governor Heineman, but stated during a Regent debate in Beatrice that that doesn’t mean he will vote for Heineman to be university president.
Schaefer said the board must pick the best person, period.
“Continue to work to bring in the highest caliber person that we can to serve as the president of the University of Nebraska,” Schaefer stated. “Regardless of who that person is, I think it’s got to be someone who’s going to be a difference-maker.”
But, Glenn said when Heineman made public his candidacy, it caused other would-be candidates to start asking who contributed to whom and who appointed whom.
“And those questions are in people’s heads that are great candidates and they can count numbers,” Glenn stated.
Glenn says Heineman isn’t qualified to be the next president.
J. B. Milliken left NU after ten years to become the new chancellor at the City University of New York, the country’s third largest public university system.
Doug Kennedy, KWBE, contributed to this article.