Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman is applying to become the next president of the University of Nebraska.
Heineman informed the Nebraska Board of Regents of his intentions on Tuesday.
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Heineman’s wife, Sally Ganem, is a teacher.
He says keeping outstanding faculty at the University and acdemic excellence would be priorities:
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The presidency of the Lincoln university opened in April with the departure of President J.B. Milliken, who left to become chancellor of the City University of New York.
Heineman is leaving the governor’s office in January because of term limits.
A search committee and outside firm are working with the university’s Board of Regents to conduct a national search to replace Milliken.
They will eventually trim the list of applicants to four finalists and hire a new president by November.