As faculty and staff in her college learned in the past few days, Marjorie Kostelnik, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, has accepted a new role within the University of Nebraska system leading the implementation of the budget response team recommendations. Marjorie will become senior associate to President Hank Bounds July 1 and will focus on helping the budget response teams drive cost savings while protecting the university's mission in teaching, research and service.
Marjorie joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2000 as the dean of the College of Human Resources and Family Sciences. In 2003, that college joined with the Teachers College to become one of the first colleges of Education and Human Sciences in the United States. A renowned educator and thought leader in early childhood education, Marjorie was on the faculty of Michigan State University for 22 years before joining Nebraska.
Marjorie’s vision and understanding of leading organizations through change will be extremely beneficial as the University of Nebraska positively transforms to become more efficient and better compete in the increasingly dynamic higher education landscape. There is no question we will miss Marjorie tremendously at our flagship university, but we are confident that her thoughtfulness and insight will be helpful across the system, and we look forward to continuing to work with her. Beth Doll, associate dean in CEHS, will become interim dean. We will conduct a national search for a dean and will keep you updated on that process.
I want to thank Marjorie for her many contributions to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her leadership of CEHS over the past two decades, during the past year she served as interim senior vice chancellor of academic affairs, one of the many examples of Marjorie’s selfless leadership and service to the university. Her collegiality and relentless pursuit of excellence will serve the University of Nebraska well. I wish her the very best and look forward to the positive impacts Marjorie will bring to our collective university through this critically important leadership role.