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University of Nebraska system
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Latin: Universitas Nebraskensis
MottoLiteris Dedicata et Omnibus Partibus
Motto in English
Dedicated to Letters and All the Arts
Type Public education
EstablishedFebruary 15, 1869 (1869-02-15)
Budget$2.35 billion (FY 2014) [1]
President Hank M. Bounds
Students51,835 [2]
Location, ,
Campus4 universities
1 agricultural college
ColorsScarlet and cream          
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The University of Nebraska system is the public university system in the state of Nebraska, United States. Founded in 1869 with one campus in Lincoln, the system now has four university campuses and operates a two-year technical agriculture college.

Nebraska Institutes

The University of Nebraska has four interdisciplinary, University-wide institutes operating across the University of Nebraska system.

  • Buffett Early Childhood Institute - Samuel J. Meisels, founding executive director
  • National Strategic Research Institute - Robert Hinson, USAF Lt. General (ret.), founding executive director
  • Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute - Peter G. McCornick, executive director
  • Rural Futures Institute - Chuck Schroeder, founding executive director

Two of NU's campuses also partner in the Peter Kiewit Institute, a facility in Omaha, Nebraska that houses academic programs from both the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Engineering and the University of Nebraska at Omaha's College of Information Science and Technology.

NU Online Education

Online Worldwide is the virtual connection point to more than 100 online degrees, certificates, endorsements, and minors offered by the four campuses of the University of Nebraska system. [4]

University of Nebraska High School is an accredited, university-based online high school. The online college preparatory curriculum allows students to earn high school credit or a diploma from anywhere around the world. [5]


On February 11, 1857, a group of citizens received permission from the Nebraska Territorial Legislature to found the University of Nebraska at Saratoga, Nebraska. However, when they did not complete the task of meeting in Saratoga and establishing a campus within one year they lost their permission to charter. [6]

Today's University of Nebraska was founded in 1869 in Lincoln, Nebraska. For the first 99 years of its existence, the University was synonymous with the Lincoln campus. In 1902, Omaha Medical College became part of the University of Nebraska system. The University reorganized into its present form in 1968 when it took control of the municipal University of Omaha, which became the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Kearney State College, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, became the fourth member of the University of Nebraska system in 1991.


Effective April 13, 2015, Dr. Hank M. Bounds was appointed the 7th president of the University of Nebraska system. [7] President Bounds was previously the commissioner of higher education for the state of Mississippi.

The Board of Regents consists of eight voting members elected by district for six-year terms, and four non-voting student Regents, one from each campus, who serve during their tenure as student body president. The board supervises the general operations of the university, and the control and direction of all expenditures.

Members of the Board of Regents are:

  • Tim Clare: District 1 in the Lincoln area
  • Howard Hawks: District 2 in greater Omaha
  • Jim Pillen: District 3 in northeastern Nebraska
  • Robert Whitehouse: District 4 in the Omaha area
  • Robert Schafer: District 5 in southeast Nebraska, including part of Lincoln
  • Kent Schroeder District 6 in central Nebraska,
  • Bob Phares: District 7 in western Nebraska (Mr. Phares became a regent when former board member Dave Hergert was convicted on impeachment charges for campaign finance violations and removed from office by the Nebraska Supreme Court on July 7, 2006)
  • Hal Daub: District 8 in the Omaha area
  • Rachel Flaugh, representing the students of the University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Spencer Hartman, representing the students of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Daniel Cloonan, representing the students of the University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Carlo Eby, representing the students of the University of Nebraska at Omaha


  • Hank Bounds: 2015–present [8]
  • James Linder (Interim President): 2014–2015
  • James B. Milliken: 2004–2014
  • L. Dennis Smith: 1994–2004
  • Martin Massengale: 1989–1993
  • Ronald Roskens: 1977–1989
  • Durwood B. Varner: 1970–1976
  • Clifford Hardin: 1968–1969

See also


  1. ^ [1] Archived April 7, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "UN System Student Enrollment 2015 - Factbook" (PDF). University of Nebraska system. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2015-12-18.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Online Degree Programs | University of Nebraska Online". Retrieved 2015-12-18.
  5. ^ "University of Nebraska High School". Retrieved 2015-12-18.
  6. ^ (1857) "An Act to incorporate the University of Nebraska at Saratoga, Nebraska City." Laws, joint resolutions, and memorials passed at the regular session of the General Assembly of the Territory of Nebraska. p. 215.
  7. ^ "University of Nebraska Administration - University of Nebraska President". Retrieved 2015-12-18.
  8. ^ "University of Nebraska Administration - Past Presidents". Retrieved 2015-12-18.

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