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Michelle Waite

Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Relations

University of Nebraska-Lincoln • 201 ADMS • Lincoln NE, 68588-0419 • 402.472.2116 •

Michelle Waite

Michelle Waite became assistant to the chancellor for community relations Aug. 1, 1998. She is the principal adviser to Chancellor Harvey Perlman in relations between the university and many of its external constituencies, including the state legislature, governmental agencies, the business community, economic development officers and other community organizations. Some of her responsibilities on campus include advisor to the Innocents Society, the chancellor's senior honorary, liaison with the campus ROTC programs and assisting the Alumni Association in the coordination of a variety of activities including the Alumni Advisory Council.

Prior to coming to UNL, Waite had 11 years of experience as a legislative aide in the Nebraska Legislature, working as the lead staffer for former Sen. Ron Withem of Papillion and Sen. Ron Raikes of Lincoln. She continues to serve as a liaison for UNL with the Unicameral.

In 2004, she was named an honorary member of the Innocents Society and in 2004-05 served as chair of the Downtown Lincoln Association and continues to serve on a number of boards and committees representing the University . She is a graduate of Doane College and earned her master's degree in legal studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law.

Her son Cody earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Nebraska Wesleyan University and serves in the Army, stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky where he resides with his wife Nicole. Son Logan earned his bachelor’s degree from UNL in secondary education and teaches seventh-grade Social Studies.

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