University of Nebraska President J. B. Milliken says he looks back fondly on ten years in Nebraska even as he prepares for his new challenge in New York.
Milliken became the president of the four-campus university system in 2004.
“If I have anything that I feel most proud of over the last ten years it’s I think connecting the people of the state with the university in a new way,” Milliken tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
The University of Nebraska has four campuses: Lincoln, Omaha, Kearney, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Milliken says he is proud of the capital campaign that raised more than its goal for the university, the close relationship the university has develop with the governor and the legislature, and the institutes created.
Milliken points especially to the Water for Food Institute, which has made a name for itself around the world.
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As far as his legacy, Milliken says that is a chapter he doesn’t get to write. He does say he worked hard to make sure the University of Nebraska cares about what Nebraskans think.
“I think the success of public universities is largely due to how well they can tap the optimism the energy, the confidence, the aspirations of the people of their state and I feel like we are doing a pretty good job at that at Nebraska right now,” Milliken says.
Milliken will soon become the new chancellor at the City University of New York, the country’s third largest public university system with 24 campuses and 270,000 students. He isn’t a stranger to New York. Milliken practiced law there at one time.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]