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Marilyn & Galen Hadley

University of Nebraska system president Hank Bounds announced Friday Galen and Marilyn Hadley would be the recipients of the first Presidential Medal of Service. The Hadleys both were deans at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Galen and Marilyn Hadley, longtime educators at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, are the inaugural recipients of the Presidential Medal of Service, NU system President Hank Bounds announced Friday.

Marilyn Hadley served as dean of UNK’s College of Education, and Galen Hadley as dean of the school's College of Business and Technology.

“Quite simply, the University of Nebraska would not be the institution it is today without the support, service and advocacy of Galen and Marilyn," Bounds said in a news release.

The award will be given annually to honor "Nebraskans’ promotion of the impact the University of Nebraska and higher education have on the state’s economic and social well-being."

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In addition to his work at UNK, Galen Hadley was elected mayor of Kearney and served as a state senator from 2009 to 2017, including two years as Speaker of the Legislature.

Marilyn Hadley has remained involved in education, humanities and the arts, serving as president or chair of several groups including the Nebraska Foundation for the Humanities, and is a member of the UNMC Board of Counselors.

The Hadleys will be publicly recognized at Tuesday’s NU Board of Regents meeting in Lincoln.

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