Campus forum on next executive vice chancellor is today

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Campus forum on next executive vice chancellor is today

Input sought as search for new leader begins
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s weeklong, statewide celebration of its 150th anniversary opened Feb. 11.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln will hold a listening session to collect faculty, staff and student feedback regarding the qualities sought in the next executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.

The open session is 11 a.m. to noon June 4 in the Wick Alumni Center’s Great Hall. Alberto Pimentel of Storbeck Pimentel and Associates, a national executive search firm, will attend the listening session.

Campus insights will be incorporated into the recruitment strategy, position profile and advertisements for the search.

Key questions to be discussed include:

  • What are the immediate and long-term (three to five years) challenges and opportunities facing the next executive vice chancellor?

  • What professional experiences and qualifications must the successful candidate possess?

  • What personal qualities are needed to be a good cultural fit with the university community?

  • What current initiatives must the executive vice chancellor be informed about and be ready to guide to completion?

  • What are the key positive attributes and necessary features of the university and how might those be used to attract the right candidates?

Members of the campus community who cannot attend can also provide feedback privately online.

The university launched its national search to hire its next executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on May 21. A 31-member committee that includes faculty, staff, students and stakeholders is guiding the search.

The search committee is led by co-chairs Eileen Hebets, professor of biological sciences; and Bob Wilhelm, vice chancellor for research and economic development and Kate Foster Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

The university has partnered with Storbeck Pimentel and Associates to assist the committee with the work. Candidates will be actively recruited starting in June.

The search will replace Donde Plowman, who was recently named chancellor at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Plowman has served as the university’s executive vice chancellor since late 2016.

Nebraska’s executive vice chancellor reports directly to the chancellor and is the university’s chief academic officer. The position leads and directs the university’s academic enterprise and is responsible for achieving excellence in all areas.

Nebraska’s academic deans, other than those in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, report directly to the executive vice chancellor.

Learn more about Nebraska’s Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor.

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