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Two sitting members of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents recently filed for re-election to the eight-person body.

Regent Jim Pillen of Columbus and Regent Rob Schafer of Beatrice will each seek second terms.

Pillen, 62, a pork producer and former Nebraska football player, represents 14 counties in northeast Nebraska that comprise District 3. He first won election in 2012.

Schafer, 50, a lawyer, farmer and the board's current chairman, represents 16 counties in Southeast Nebraska, including west and northwest Lancaster County, which make up District 5.

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He was appointed by former Gov. Dave Heineman to fill the seat after Heineman tapped Lavon Heidemann to serve as lieutenant governor in 2013, and later won an election to finish out the six-year term in the fall of 2014.

Neither regent had a challenger as of Monday.

A third regent also is seeking a second term. Regent Hal Daub of Omaha, 76, who won the District 8 seat in 2012, filed for re-election in December.

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Higher education reporter

Chris Dunker covers higher education, state government and the intersection of both.

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