University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman is receiving wide-spread praise in wake of the announcement that he will step down as chancellor next year.
Perlman announced in a university-wide email on the date of his 14th anniversary of his installation at the university he would step down as chancellor on June 30th of 2016. Perlman plans to return to the Nebraska Law faculty after ending his tenure as chancellor.
The announcement had to be confirmed by university officials, because it came on April Fool’s Day.
Perlman became UNL’s 19th chancellor on April 1st of 2001 after serving nearly a year as interim chancellor.
“For a variety of reasons, both personal and professional, I believe that 2015-16 should be my last year as chancellor,” Perlman wrote in his letter to campus. “This will allow an orderly transition and give our new president, Hank Bounds, an opportunity to organize and conduct a search for my successor.”
Perlman is the second-longest serving chancellor. Samuel Avery served as chancellor from 1908 to 1927.
Perlman, 73, is a native of York. Perlman joined the University of Nebraska College of Law faculty in 1967. Perlman left the Lincoln campus in 1974, when he joined the faculty of the University of Virginia Law School. Perlman returned to become dean of the law college in 1983. He served as dean until 1998.
“It has been a thrilling ride for me, largely because of your extraordinary accomplishments that have contributed to the growth and increased stature of the university,” Perlman wrote. “Those contributions, too numerous to mention, include inspired teaching and research by faculty, engagement and support from staff and creative leadership by administrators at every level.”
“The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a much different institution today than when Chancellor Perlman took over. He has built UNL into one of the nation’s top research universities, a Big Ten school that is a destination for talented students and faculty,” University of Nebraska Interim President James Linder said in a written statement released by the university. “His leadership on bold initiatives like Innovation Campus will benefit Nebraskans for years to come. Throughout his tenure, he has maintained a focus on the priorities that shape UNL’s land-grant mission: quality education, research and outreach to the state.”
“I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Chancellor Perlman as I’ve prepared to join the University of Nebraska, and I’m impressed by what I’ve seen,” President-Designate Hank Bounds said in a written statement released by his office. “It is clear that the institution is on an upward trajectory as a result of Harvey’s leadership and the contributions of a talented faculty and staff. I am tremendously grateful to Harvey for his service and commitment to the university and state of Nebraska. UNL has a bright future ahead.”
“Chancellor Perlman’s service to our state at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has spanned nearly five decades. His leadership has moved UNL forward with a variety of initiatives including growing enrollment to 25,000 students this year and developing Nebraska Innovation Campus,” Gov. Peter Ricketts said in a written statement released by his office. “Susanne and I wish him well as he enters this new phase of life.”