High praise for University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds from Governor Pete Ricketts.
The governor spoke at the investiture ceremony to formally welcome Bounds as the N.U. system’s leader.
“One of the things he said to me as governor that made me particularly excited was he wanted the University of Nebraska to be an economic development arm for the state,” Ricketts says. “Of course, that fits in, exactly, with what we’re trying to accomplish here in Nebraska, which is to grow our great state.”
Ricketts says Nebraska can solve some of the world’s most pressing problems, and Bounds is the visionary leader who can bring the state’s brightest minds together to accomplish that.
A friend and former colleague of Bounds echoed the governor’s statements.
University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett says Bounds’ leadership style and experience will help Nebraska succeed.
“One of Dr. Bounds’ most significant qualities is his willingness to take risk in the face of difficult decisions,” Bennett says. “He is willing to take the next step toward reaching critical goals no matter how challenging that step may be.”
Bennett and Ricketts were two of nearly a dozen speakers to honor Bounds, who just marked his first anniversary as president.
Evan Calhoun, student regent from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, pledged the support of all students to work with Bounds.
“Each campus has its differences and those differences are to be celebrated,” Calhoun says. “I applaud President Bounds for working to unite our energy and talent toward a greater collective that serves this state’s needs. We are stronger together. We are four campuses and on university.”
The medallion of the university was presented to Bounds by Kent Schroeder, chair of the board of regents. Following the presentation, Bounds highlighted his four cornerstones for moving the university forward, including student success.
“I want students who enroll at one of our campuses to be able to say these things,” Bounds told those gathered. “I can afford this university. I’m getting a great education that is preparing me for a career. I feel safe here. I learned something here that changed the way I look at the world. And, finally, I matter here.”
Bounds is the University of Nebraska’s seventh president.