Nebraska will get its chance to say what it wants to see in the next leader of the University of Nebraska system.

The NU Board of Regents and AGB Search, the firm assisting the university in finding its next president, will hold a series of listening sessions for students, faculty, staff, administrators and community members next week.

"Nobody knows better than the extended University of Nebraska community what we should be looking for and what we should be thinking about as we begin our next chapter," said Board of Regents Chairman Tim Clare.

A total of 20 listening sessions will be held on NU's four campuses next week, with more to come later this year, the Lincoln regent added.

Although sessions are geared toward specific stakeholder groups, NU said they are open to everyone.

NU leaders and AGB officials will gather input at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Nebraska at Kearney on June 20.

They will then move to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Medical Center on June 21.

The listening sessions at UNL, which will be at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center at 2021 Transformation Drive, are scheduled for:

* 8-9 a.m.: Faculty

* 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Staff and administrators

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*11 a.m.-noon: Students

* 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Alumni, business and community

* 2-3 p.m.: Open session

Additional sessions will be on Aug. 27 and 28. Feedback will be used by the Presidential Search Advisory Committee charged with screening and evaluating candidates.

Regents are expected to ratify membership to the committee at its June 28 meeting.

NU President Hank Bounds announced in March he would be leaving the university in August. Last month, regents named Provost Susan Fritz as interim-president elect.


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

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