University of Nebraska system

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This article is about the public university system in Nebraska. 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
University of Nebraska seal.png
Formation 1967
Type Public education
Purpose Educational oversight
Headquarters Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Region served
state of Nebraska
4 universities and 1 agricultural college
Hank M. Bounds
Parent organization
Government of Nebraska
$2.35 billion (FY 2014) [1]

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.

NU Institutes[edit]

The University of Nebraska has four interdisciplinary, University-wide institutes operating across the University of Nebraska system.

  • Buffett Early Childhood Institute
  • National Strategic Research Institute
  • Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute
  • Rural Futures Institute

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.

NU Online Education[edit]

Online Worldwide is the virtual connection point to more than 100 online degrees, certificates, endorsements, and minors offered by the four campuses of the University of Nebraska system.

University of Nebraska High School is an accredited, university-based online high school . The online college preparatory curriculum allows students to earn high school credit or a diploma from anywhere around the world.


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.[3]

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 April 13, 2015, Dr. Hank M. Bounds was appointed the 7th president of the University of Nebraska system. President Bounds was previously the commissioner of higher education for the state of Mississippi.

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


  • Hank Bounds: 2015- Present
  • James_Linder (Interim President): 2014—2015
  • James B. Milliken: 2004 - 2014
  • L. Dennis Smith: 1994 - 2004
  • Martin Massengale: 1989 - 1993
  • Ronald Roskens: 1977 - 1989
  • Durwood B. Varner: 1970 - 1976
  • Clifford Hardin: 1968 - 1969

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ (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.
  4. ^ [1]

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