Chancellor's MessagesDr. Rodney D. Bennett
Our Pivotal 150th Academic Year
Welcome to what promises to be a pivotally exciting and landmark new academic year for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As we eagerly launch in to our first week of classes, I want to extend appreciation, respect, and gratitude to all of our faculty and staff team for your commitment, engagement, passion and excellence in delivering on our mission of world-leading education, research, and engagement for Nebraska and beyond.
And what an exciting year we have in front of us! With the vision and leadership of the Commission of 150, we are coming together in this year not only to celebrate our 15 decades of rich history but to point to the future and chart our plan to become an even more distinctive and impact-delivering university as we forge in to the next 25 years.
As we make our final approach to the beginning of the 2019 sesquicentennial anniversary year, I will be focusing on broadly engaging across our campus with you this fall. I plan to visit widely across each of our nine academic colleges and all of our auxiliary units so I can talk face-to-face with as many of our faculty, staff and students as possible. I look forward to these opportunities to dialogue with you.
Because 2019 is such a special year, I will be delivering the formal annual “State of the University” address in January to more closely align with celebration around the 150th anniversary of our charter on February 15th. In the meantime, I hope you will all gather with me on September 25th for a “Celebration of Service” where we will once again honor service awardees across the University, those who have retired in the past year, and provide highlights of the many accolades, honors and awards from this past year received by our faculty, staff, and units. Look for additional details soon on this event, which will be followed by a UNL-wide picnic lunch.
On top of the palpable excitement of a record-breaking 150th anniversary year, we were recently recognized by Forbes as one of America’s 500 best large employers (ranked 115th overall and 11th among all universities on the list). Another reaffirmation of just how special this place is – and how special you all are. I could not be prouder to call you colleagues and share in this work we do as the Land-grant, flagship, Big Ten university for Nebraska.
You are leaders, and role models, for this great opportunity I shared with the incoming freshmen class on Friday.