University of Nebraska system
|Headquarters||Lincoln, Nebraska, United States|
|Region served||state of Nebraska|
|Membership||4 universities and 1 agricultural college|
|Parent organization||Government of Nebraska|
|Budget||$2.35 billion (FY 2014) |
The University of Nebraska system is the public university system in the state of Nebraska, USA. Founded in 1869 with one campus in Lincoln, the system now has four university campuses and operates a two-year technical agriculture college.
- University of Nebraska–Lincoln, which is the state's flagship, land-grant, Carnegie Research I/Research-Extensive university. Founded in 1869 as the University of Nebraska.
- University of Nebraska at Omaha, which is the state's public urban university. Founded in 1908 as Omaha University, the school joined the University of Nebraska system in 1968.
- University of Nebraska at Kearney, which is the state's university especially focused on undergraduates, and in a smaller setting. Founded in 1905 as the Nebraska State Normal School at Kearney, the school joined the University of Nebraska system in 1991.
- University of Nebraska Medical Center (located in Omaha). The medical school was founded in 1880, and it became a part of the University of Nebraska system in 1902.
- Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (located in Curtis, Nebraska), is managed by the University of Nebraska pursuant to an agreement.
Two of NU's campuses also partner in the Peter Kiewit Institute, a facility in Omaha, Nebraska that houses academic programs from both the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Engineering and the University of Nebraska at Omaha's College of Information Science and Technology.
On February 11, 1857, a group of citizens received permission from the Nebraska Territorial Legislature to found the University of Nebraska at Saratoga, Nebraska. However, when they did not complete the task of meeting in Saratoga and establishing a campus within one year they lost their permission to charter.
Today's University of Nebraska was founded in 1869 in Lincoln, Nebraska. For the first 99 years of its existence, the University was synonymous with the Lincoln campus. In 1902, Omaha Medical College became part of the University of Nebraska system. The University reorganized into its present form in 1968 when it took control of the municipal University of Omaha, which became the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Kearney State College, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, became the fourth member of the University of Nebraska system in 1991.
Effective May 1, 2014, Dr. James Linder was appointed the interim president of the NU system.
The Board of Regents consists of eight voting members elected by district for six-year terms, and four non-voting student Regents, one from each campus, who serve during their tenure as student body president. The board supervises the general operations of the university, and the control and direction of all expenditures.
Members of the Board of Regents are:
- Tim Clare: District 1 in the Lincoln area
- Howard Hawks: District 2 in greater Omaha
- Jim Pillen: District 3 in northeastern Nebraska
- Robert Whitehouse: District 4 in the Omaha area
- Robert Schafer: District 5 in southeast Nebraska, including part of Lincoln
- Kent Schroeder District 6 in central Nebraska,
- Bob Phares: District 7 in western Nebraska (Mr. Phares became a regent when former board member Dave Hergert was convicted on impeachment charges for campaign finance violations and removed from office by the Nebraska Supreme Court on July 7, 2006)
- Hal Daub: District 8 in the Omaha area
- Connor Schulte, representing the students of the University of Nebraska at Kearney
- Kevin Knudson, representing the students of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
- Krupa Savalia, representing the students of the University of Nebraska Medical Center
- Jordan Koch, representing the students of the University of Nebraska at Omaha
- James B. Milliken, J.D.: 2004 - 2014
- L. Dennis Smith: 1994 - 2004
- Martin Massengale: 1989 - 1993
- Ronald Roskens: 1977 - 1989
- Durwood B. Varner: 1970 - 1976
- Clifford Hardin: 1968 - 1969
- Nebraska State College System, the other state institution of higher education
- (1857) "An Act to incorporate the University of Nebraska at Saratoga, Nebraska City." Laws, joint resolutions, and memorials passed at the regular session of the General Assembly of the Territory of Nebraska. p. 215.
- University of Nebraska