A national search for a new chancellor for the University of Nebraska at Omaha has been put on hold.
University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds has named Jeffrey Gold as the priority candidate for the position of UNO chancellor, which, if approved, would keep Gold in the position until June 30th of 2022, when NU would begin a national search for a successor.
Gold will remain chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He has also been interim chancellor at UNO for 18 months.
Bounds said that under Gold’s leadership, UNO has not only preserved its mission, but has enhanced it.
Both UNO and UNMC remain separate campuses in Omaha, but have begun to collaborate more on matters such as enrollment, academic programs, research, as well as improving efficiency and effectiveness.
“Leadership matters, and Jeff Gold is the right person, at the right time, to lead UNO,” Bounds said in a written statement released by his office. “Leading two campuses, each with a unique role and mission, is no easy task, and I’m impressed by what Jeff and his colleagues have achieved over the past year and a half. UNO and UNMC will remain separate universities and we intend that each will have its own chancellor in the future. Given where our university is right now, it’s important to provide clarity and leadership stability for the next few years as we work to grow our impact.”
Under Gold’s leadership, UNO had the largest first-year class in its history, UNO received a record $22.4 million in outside funding, and has added space.
State law requires a 30-day public vetting of his appointed prior to the Board of Regents acting on it.