- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Officials with the University of Nebraska have started the process of looking for the next chancellor of its Lincoln campus.

University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds said a search firm and a university-appointed committee will be used to help find a replacement for Chancellor Harvey Perlman, who said he plans to leave the office next summer to return to the law school faculty, the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1cqlpfL ) reported.

Spokeswoman Melissa Lee said administrators already have asked “leading firms that have a strong national reputation in executive searches” to submit proposals for conducting the search. It likely will be several weeks until a company is named.

“All the firms we approached indicated their interest in working with us,” she said.

The university will convene a search advisory committee this summer, Bounds said.

“We have solicited - from every possible group - nominations to serve on search committees,” he said. The university is still in the process of receiving and reviewing nominations.

Bounds said the panel will be responsible for drafting a document that outlines the strengths of the next chancellor while the search firm looks for candidates who fit that profile.

The University of Nebraska had enlisted the aid of Isaacson, Miller search firm, with offices in Boston, Washington and San Francisco for its two most recent, high-profile administrator searches.

The firm conducted a search that led to the hiring of Dr. Jeff Gold as chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2013.

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

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