You are being asked to shape the search for a new leader of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds is asking for the public’s input in his search for a new for the Lincoln campus.
Bounds has held an open forum at UNL. The public can also visit the University of Nebraska website to fill out a survey.
Bounds says input from Nebraskans is important in searching for the right person to lead the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
“We’re asking them to look into the future a bit, look at three to five years down the road, and ask themselves a question: how would you define success for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in three to five years from now and what are the skills and attributes that an individual needs to possess to get us there?” Bounds tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman announced in April he would step down June 30th of next year, the 14th anniversary of his installation as chancellor.
Bounds has hired the executive search firm of Isaacson, Miller to aid in the search. Bounds appointed a 24-member advisory committee to work with the search firm. He says the firm also wants to hear from the public and has a number of individual and small group meetings scheduled. The firm also is talking with numerous leaders and persons associated with UNL.
“So that’s what this process is really about,” according to Bounds. “It gives us the opportunity to write a position description that, as best we can, matches those hopes, dreams, and aspirations.”
Bounds says he will narrow applicants to no fewer than four finalists. Bounds will choose the next chancellor, subject to approval by the Board of Regents.
Bounds jokes a bit about the search for a new chancellor for the Lincoln campus, saying the next chancellor needs to understand agriculture, respect the arts, develop strategies to grow enrollment, and appreciate the importance of athletics, especially Husker football.
“You know, basically, I’m looking for someone who would have an S on their chest; would be Superman or woman.”