A house -- on the house -- for NU president?

2012-09-09T12:30:00Z 2015-01-22T14:33:10Z A house -- on the house -- for NU president?By KEVIN ABOUREZK / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com
September 09, 2012 12:30 pm  • 

University of Nebraska leaders will consider returning to the days when the university and its supporters paid for a house for the NU president to use.

The Board of Regents will consider on Friday allowing the NU Foundation to buy a house for President J.B. Milliken.

“A large percentage of the universities around the country do that,” Regent Tim Clare of Lincoln said.

At least eight Big Ten presidents and eight Big 12 presidents currently are provided with houses by their supervisory boards. NU wasn’t able to acquire housing allowance information for two Big Ten and two Big 12 presidents. Five of the eight regents-approved university peer institutions also provide homes for their presidents.

The NU president had been given a house to use until 1996, when the president's house was destroyed by fire. The NU Foundation now pays for a housing allowance for Milliken and the four NU campus chancellors, ranging from $21,000 a year for University of Nebraska at Kearney Chancellor Doug Kristensen to $25,200 a year for University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman. The foundation provides Milliken $24,000 a year for housing.

The foundation would pay for this new house as well.

Clare said Milliken likely will use the house to entertain university guests and for business purposes.

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