Governor Dave Heineman says politics are behind suggestions from University Of Nebraska Regent candidate Steve Glenn on the selection process for a new university president.
Glenn recently said that perception is important in the selection of a president, especially after Governor Heineman publicly announced he wanted the job.
“I called for any regent who’s been appointed by an applicant to recuse themselves from participating in this search,” Glenn said. “Any regent who has received money from an applicant should recuse themselves from this search.”
Governor Heineman reacted to Glenn’s comments at a press conference Wednesday morning touting Nebraska’s ongoing road projects.
“A couple of weeks ago, candidate Steve Glenn called and wanted an appointment with me. He asked for my endorsement and I said no,” Heineman responded.
“I think you can see the political motivation of what’s occurring here.”
Glenn has a long list of requirements for the university president’s job, which appear to exclude Governor Heineman.
“This isn’t a starter job. Our next president should have experience befitting another university before applying for this great job,” Glenn says. “The second criteria is whoever is selected as president of the university, should have a terminal degree, such as a Ph.D.”
Heineman has a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, but no master’s or further advanced degrees.
Glenn is running against gubernatorial regent appointee Rob Schaefer for the NU Regents seat.