The University of Nebraska system will celebrate the formal installation of its president this morning.
President Hank Bounds says he will use the occasion to lay out the four cornerstones to his plan to move the system forward.
One of those is making the university the very best place in the nation to be a student.
“When students leave here,” Bounds told reporters, “(I want them to say), ‘I wouldn’t have wanted to go anywhere else. I mattered at that university. I had the supports in place to help me be successful. I learned something here that helped me think differently about the way that I view the world.’”
Bounds also wants the system to transform lives through research and innovation. He thinks Nebraska can be the leader in several critical areas.
“Food and water security is going to be a big issue, so we’ve already planted a stake in the ground in that area,” Bounds said. “The work that we’re doing around cancer treatment and cure is important. The work that we’re doing with the Department of Defense around national security.”
Supporting faculty and staff, and working with the universities’ partners are the other cornerstones of his plan for the future.
“So, thinking about how we work with our K12 partners and community college and state college partners and private partners,” Bounds said. “We need to be focused on economic development. We need to hold hands with the business community and understand what their workforce needs are.”
It has been one year since Bounds took over the leadership position at the University of Nebraska.
Limited seating is available at Kimball Hall. Members of the university community or public who wish to attend in person are asked to RSVP here. Overflow seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, 313 N. 13th St.
The ceremony also will be broadcast live and streamed live online via Nebraska Educational Telecommunications.
An open house reception will immediately follow the ceremony at the Van Brunt Visitors Center, 313 N. 13th St. in Lincoln. All members of the university community and public are welcome.