University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman, delivering his final State of the University address, says UNL isn’t the same university it was 15 years ago when he became chancellor.
“We are now a far better university,” Perlman tells the university audience. “We are a member of the Big 10. There are issues on which we are regarded as the premiere source of talent and information in the world. We are engaged in cutting edge research that tries to solve some of the most intractable issues facing the human condition. We are actively engaged as a Land Grant institution in improving the economy of our state.”
Perlman says he remains confident UNL would reach its goal of enrolling 30,000 students.
“An important part of that increase will be the concurrent growth of graduate student enrollment and increased faculty capacity,” according to Perlman. “Whether we will do so in the time frame I initially announced will remain to be seen. If we don’t, I know it will not be attributable to any lack of skill or energy on our admission staff or the full commitment of the campus community.”
Perlman says growing enrollment at UNL has resulted in increased diversity on campus, which he says only serves to enhance “the stature of this university.”
Perlman became the 19th Chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in April of 2001. He had served as the interim chancellor prior to being appointed chancellor.
Perlman, a native of York, is retiring the end of June.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this article.