Chancellor's MessagesDr. Rodney D. Bennett
Good afternoon, UNL Students, Faculty and Staff,
It is my honor to serve as chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on the 155th celebration of Charter Day. On Charter Day, I am reminded that our teaching, research, and engagement transforms lives and learning; that the dissemination of knowledge created at UNL builds communities across Nebraska; that our students have an active role in shaping their UNL experience; and most importantly that every person and every interaction matters at UNL.
Today, I am writing to inform you that I have finalized the plan to eliminate UNL’s $12M deficit that has been carried forward from FY23. This is an essential step to remain good stewards of the resources entrusted to us by the people of Nebraska. The final reduction plan mirrors the proposal shared with you on November 8 and updated with additional detail on November 21.
During the course of this year, university leadership has spoken openly about the financial challenges impacting higher education and the headwinds facing our institution.
I write to you today to share news regarding a transition in our senior leadership team.
Bob Wilhelm has elected to step down as our vice chancellor for research and economic development. In 2024, Bob will assume a faculty position and continue his research and teaching in engineering, policy and innovation.
Sherri Jones has agreed to serve as our interim vice chancellor, effective today. Sherri has been an exceptional academic leader for our university, having served in the College of Education and Human Sciences for nearly 12 years.
Faculty and Staff Colleagues:
Your role in the success of our students, university and state is immeasurable, and I am truly honored to work alongside such an exceptional group of colleagues.
I am honored to welcome you to the fall semester and our first academic year together at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
My fellow Huskers, welcome to the 2023 fall semester and our first academic year together!
These first few weeks on campus as chancellor have been invigorating. I am learning more about the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s culture and I am excited to be a part of our deep commitment to student success, research excellence and engagement across the Cornhusker State and beyond.
As preparations continue, I want to share with you a little of what to expect leading up to Volleyball Day in Nebraska on Aug. 30.
It is truly an honor and a privilege to have assumed duties as the 21st chancellor of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln on July 1.