As you are all aware, in the past few months a search committee led by Dr. Donde Plowman and Dr. Mike Boehm has been working diligently to identify potential vice chancellor for business and finance candidates. A thorough national search with the assistance of search consultant professionals from Witt/Kieffer led to the identification and interviews of four finalists on campus this fall. Unfortunately, we were not successful in filling the position with the right person to lead our efforts moving forward from this search process.
After careful evaluation and analysis of the current national landscape, where a significant number of higher education business and finance leaders are being recruited, coupled with our immediate needs for leadership as we transform our business operations over the coming time period ahead, I have reached the decision to appoint Dr. William Nunez as interim vice chancellor for business and finance, effective January 5, 2018. This appointment is pending Board of Regents approval.
Bill is a highly valued member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and has been a senior administrative officer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 2003, including serving in the roles of director of institutional research and planning as well as assistant to the chancellor and chief of staff. Prior to his service here at the university, he served for 12 years in planning and budgeting at the University of Louisville. He brings tremendous experience and knowledge to the role regarding university fiscal and administrative operations, capital and strategic planning processes, as well as governance and policy acumen. His deep knowledge of our university and its operations will be invaluable in the transition and building period ahead as we evaluate and transform our budget processes and delivery of business services. Of equal importance, he has earned a high level of trust and respect from faculty, staff and administrators across the university during his highly successful tenure here.
Dr. Nunez holds bachelors and master’s degrees in business and master’s and doctoral degrees in education. He has held a courtesy faculty appointment in the Department of Educational Administration and has contributed significantly to the department’s teaching and scholarship mission.
I am confident Bill will provide seamless transition following the retirement of our great friend and colleague, Christine Jackson. We wish Christine the very best as she enters in to this next phase of her life. On behalf of all of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln family, I cannot thank her enough for 17 amazing years of phenomenal leadership for our university.
Please join me in congratulating Bill and welcoming him to his new role as the interim vice chancellor of business and finance. I could not be more pleased to have him serving in this capacity and look forward to his leadership. He has been an unprecedented servant leader as the chief of staff in the chancellor’s office, and while we will miss him in that role – we are truly fortunate to have him taking on this new and exciting challenge as we seek to grow the university in its mission and impact.