June 6, 2023

Public forums for Bennett, chancellor priority candidate, continuing through June 9

Rodney Bennett, priority candidate for UNL chancellor.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln faculty, staff, students and stakeholders will have the opportunity to meet Rodney Bennett, the priority candidate for chancellor, ask questions and hear about his leadership vision during a series of open forums.

Bennett, the former president of the University of Southern Mississippi, was named as the priority candidate for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln chancellor on May 22, following a national search. He is currently undergoing a 30-day public vetting period as required by state law. If, at the conclusion of the vetting period, Ted Carter, president of the NU system, deems it appropriate, he will bring Bennett’s appointment for consideration at the June 22 Board of Regents meeting.

Members of the university community are encouraged to submit feedback on Bennett’s candidacy anytime during the vetting period by visiting this site.

“I can’t wait to introduce Dr. Rodney Bennett to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln community,” Carter said. “I have every confidence that the same qualities that made Dr. Bennett stand out to me in our search process will resonate with Nebraskans — his passionate belief in the land-grant mission, his relentless focus on outcomes, and his ability to bring people together around a shared vision for excellence.

“This is an important phase in our search. I hope every member of the UNL community will take this opportunity to engage with Rodney and share their feedback.”

The forum schedule for Bennett follows. All forums include both an in-person and Zoom option. While forums are generally targeted to specific stakeholder groups, all forums are open to all members of the university community, public and news media. Individuals are encouraged to attend the session(s) that best fits their schedule.

June 6

All forums held in the Great Hall of the Wick Alumni Center, 1520 R St.

  • 9:30 a.m. — Fine & Performing Arts and Architecture Forum, Join via Zoom

  • 11 a.m. — Engineering Forum, Join via Zoom

  • 1 p.m. — Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Chancellor’s Commissions Forum, Join via Zoom

  • 2:30 p.m. —  Arts and Sciences Forum, Join via Zoom

  • 4 p.m. — Journalism and Mass Communications and Libraries Forum, Join via Zoom

June 7

All forums held in the Great Hall of the Wick Alumni Center, 1520 R St.

June 8

All forums held at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St.

  • 2 p.m. — College of Law Forum, Join via Zoom

  • 3:30 p.m. — Graduate Student/Graduate Student Assembly Forum, Join via Zoom

  • 5 p.m. — Student/Association of Students of the University of Nebraska Forum, Join via Zoom

June 9

All forums held in the Nebraska East Union, Great Plains B

  • 9:30 a.m. — College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Forum, Join via Zoom

  • 11 a.m. — Agricultural Research Division/Extension Forum, Join via Zoom

  • 12:30 p.m. — Business and Finance Division Forum, Join via Zoom

Complete information about the chancellor search is available here.