- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The University of Nebraska chairman said regents are still mulling four candidates to replace former President J.B. Milliken and that a decision could be made as early as next month.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports (http://bit.ly/1GVpqn4 ) the Board of Regents met behind closed doors for two hours on Tuesday to review feedback submitted by students, faculty and staff regarding the presidential finalists.

Chairman Howard Hawks says board members haven’t started narrowing down the candidate pool. He said regents still have “some things to check out” for each of the candidates, but progress was made during the meeting.

“We’re closer to it,” Hawks said.

The finalists announced on Nov. 3 are Hank Bounds, Mississippi’s commissioner for higher education; Michael Martin, chancellor of the Colorado State University System; Sally Rockey, deputy director for extramural research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland; and George Ross; president of Central Michigan University.

Each has toured the state and the system’s four universities after being named a finalist. The search has cost the system $211,000 to date.

Hawks says regents plan to meet in closed session once more before classes resume on Jan. 12. He says an open meeting will be held to choose the system’s next leader.

“We’re half of the decision and whoever is the picked candidate — when we get that far — is the other half,” he said.

Milliken left in May to become chancellor for the City University of New York.

___

Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide