Chancellor Ronnie Green hopes the University of Nebraska-Lincoln can capitalize on a "once-in-every-150-year opportunity" leading up to the university's sesquicentennial celebration next year.
Green has launched the Nebraska Commission of 150, a committee of faculty, students, staff and stakeholders to draft a "bold-thinking vision document that governs how we live."
The commission will build upon the work done by four strategic-planning committees last year to envision UNL's future over the next 25 years.
Those committees developed strategies centered on student success, retention and enrollment; budget models, scholarship and creative activity; and achieving distinction in the Big Ten Conference.
A new executive committee led by Executive Vice Chancellor Donde Plowman and history professor Will Thomas will lead the project.
A total of 125 people will be appointed to seven subcommittees to focus on specific areas: mission and values; student experience; research, scholarship and creative activity; engagement in Nebraska and beyond; economic development and innovation; internal operations and infrastructure; and campus community and faculty roles.
UNL hired the Los Angeles-based Academic Leadership Associates to guide the Commission of 150. A spokeswoman said no state funds will be used to compensate the advisory firm.
Members of the Nebraska Commission of 150 announced earlier this week include:
* Jim Alfano, professor of plant pathology.
* Katherine Ankerson, architecture dean.
* Ayat Aribi, ASUN representative.
* Tammy Beck, business associate dean.
* Laurie Bellows, vice chancellor for student affairs.
* Layton Brooks, director of compensation, employment and employee relations.
* Tom Field, director of Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program.
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* Eileen Hebets, professor of biological sciences.
* Tiffany Heng-Moss, agricultural sciences and natural resources dean.
* Matt Jockers, arts and sciences associate dean.
* Marc LeBaron, Lincoln Industries chairman and CEO.
* Daniel Linzell, civil engineering chair.
* Liz Lorang, associate professor of libraries.
* Jane Miller, Gallup chief operating officer.
* Richard Moberly, law dean.
* Jeff Rudy, Faculty Senate representative.
* Susan Sheridan, professor of educational psychology.
* Harris Smith, Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film director.
* Joe Starita, professor of journalism.
UNL will also appoint the vice chancellor for research and economic development to the commission, as well as a representative of the Graduate Student Assembly.
The full commission will begin its work later this month.