University of Nebraska system

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This article is about the public university system in Nebraska, which comprises 5 campuses. Some references to the "University of Nebraska," such as in NCAA college athletics, may be specifically referring to the system's founding campus. For that campus, see University of Nebraska–Lincoln. For that school's athletic program, see Nebraska Cornhuskers.
University of Nebraska system
Formation 1967
Type Public education
Purpose educational oversight
Headquarters Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Region served state of Nebraska
Membership 4 universities and 1 agricultural college
President James Linder
Parent organization Government of Nebraska
Budget $2.35 billion (FY 2014) [1]
Staff 13,000

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 universities and an agricultural college.

Two of its campuses, at Lincoln and Omaha, partner in the Peter Kiewit Institute.


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.[2]

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.


The president of the system is James B. Milliken, J.D., who succeeded L. Dennis Smith in 2004. Dr. James Linder has been appointed to become interim president effective May 1, 2014.

Members of the Board of Regents are:

  • Tim Clare District 1 in the Lincoln area
  • Howard Hawks District 2 in greater Omaha
  • Charles Hassebrook District 3 in northeastern Nebraska
  • Robert Whitehouse District 4 in the Omaha area
  • Jim McClurg 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)
  • Randolph Ferlic District 8 in the Omaha area
  • Amber Lewis, representing the students of the University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Emily Zimmer, representing the students of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Jonathan Henning, representing the students of the University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Alex Williams, representing the students of the University of Nebraska at Omaha

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  2. ^ (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.

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