The University of Nebraska Board of Regents won’t decide on Friday whether to allow Bryan Health to take over operation of the University Health Center as originally planned.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln officials, who had hoped to bring the proposal before the regents during their regular meeting on Friday, still are negotiating with Bryan Health, regents Chairman Tim Clare of Lincoln said.

“They (university officials) pulled it because they did not have the information or had not completed their negotiations to be able to give us adequate information as to where things are,” he said.

Steve Smith, a spokesman for UNL, said university leaders remain in discussions with Bryan Health, though he declined to describe the nature of those discussions. He said the university hasn’t decided yet when to bring the proposal before the regents.

“As the discussions carry on, that’ll become clear,” he said.

In November, a committee of students, faculty and staff recommended that UNL hire Bryan Health to build and operate a new University Health Center. Bryan Health, the only company to submit a bid for the project, has proposed spending $14.4 million to build a 40,625-square-foot center near Antelope Valley Parkway and Vine Street.

The university originally had planned to hand over operation of the health center to Bryan Health around May 1. University officials declined Wednesday to say whether that time frame would change.

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