Vice Chancellors and Chancellor's Office

Rodney Bennett portrait

Rodney Bennett


Office of the Chancellor

Dr. Rodney D. Bennett is the 21st chancellor of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Nebraska’s flagship, Land-Grant and Big Ten institution. He is a 30-year veteran of higher education with a track record of growing research, increasing student success and building impactful partnerships.

Chancellor Bennett came to Nebraska after nine years of successful leadership at the University of Southern Mississippi. During his tenure as president, USM was reclassified from a Carnegie R2 to an R1 university, signaling growth in research prestige and funding. Dr. Bennett also invested in programs to support student recruitment, retention and outcomes, including for the 30 percent of USM students who were first-generation. His efforts led to an improvement in the university’s six-year graduation rate.

While at USM, Dr. Bennett established new faculty positions in high-growth areas and increased the average salary for full-time faculty; oversaw $300 million in facilities work; and launched the largest fundraising campaign in the University of Southern Mississippi’s history. He was a strong champion of the Division I athletics program, investing in new facilities and programs to support student-athletes, including a dedicated mental health counselor to serve student-athletes. Throughout his time as president, he brought a conservative approach to budget management, meeting or exceeding the budgetary goals set by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees.

Chancellor Bennett values community leadership and service. He has served on numerous boards, including the Mississippi Aquarium, Northeast Georgia Girl Scouts of America, Catholic Health East (Philadelphia), and St. Mary’s Health Care System in Athens, Georgia. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and Past Sire Archon for Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, The Boulé.

Chancellor Bennett’s full biography

Vice Chancellors

(arranged by vice chancellor area)

Katherine Ankerson
Katherine Ankerson

Executive Vice Chancellor
Academic Affairs

Katherine Ankerson bio

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Michael Zeleny

Vice Chancellor
Business & Finance

Michael Zeleny bio

Marco Barker
Marco Barker

Vice Chancellor
Diversity and Inclusion

Marco Barker bio

Michael Boehm portrait
Michael “Mike” Boehm

Vice Chancellor
Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Michael Boehm bio

Sherri Jones portrait
Sherri Jones

Interim Vice Chancellor
Research & Economic Development

Sherri Jones' bio

Dee Dee Anderson portrait
Dee Dee Anderson

Vice Chancellor
Student Affairs

Dee Dee Anderson bio

Chancellor's Staff

Josh Davis portrait image
Josh Davis

Chief of Staff and Associate to the Chancellor

Josh Davis bio

Jim Coll portrait
Jim Coll

Chief Communication and Marketing Officer

Jim Coll bio

Heath Tuttle portrait
Heath Tuttle

Chief Information Officer

Heath Tuttle bio

Jessica Herrmann portrait
Jessica Herrmann

Director of Government Relations

Jessica Herrmann bio

Marc Pearce portrait
Marc Pearce

Associate to the Chancellor for Institutional Equity and Compliance

Marc Pearce bio

Shelley Zaborowski portrait
Shelley Zaborowski

Executive Director of Nebraska Alumni Association

Shelley Zaborowski bio

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