Expected state budget cuts and dozens of similar openings may impact the search for the next University of Nebraska-Omaha chancellor, but a recently announced hiring freeze will not.
University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds is continuing the search to replace current Chancellor John Christensen.
Bounds says he does not want to delay hiring or have to name an interim leader for the campus.
“We’re going to move down the pathway of trying to find a star to lead UNO,” Bounds tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Frankly, until I find that the circumstances are such that we can’t do that, that’s the pathway that we’re going to head down.”
Christensen announced his decision to step down Sept. 26 and said he would serve until a replacement is found.
He began his tenure on an interim basis ten years ago.
Bounds says a higher education search consultant will help a campus committee identify qualified candidates.
“There are lots of searches going on right now. It’s stronger than I have observed in the last several years,” Bounds says. “There are 65 to 70 chancellor/presidential vacancies right now, so that will have an impact on us.”
A forecast of lower tax revenue and an expected state budget shortfall may also curb the enthusiasm for the UNO leadership position, Bounds admits.