An Inside Look at the Chancellor Selection Process

Dr. John Bender, professor of news-editorial, CoJMC, 2015-16 UNL Faculty Senate president, Member of Chancellor Search Advisory Committee                  Photo Courtesy of UNL CoJMC Faculty Director

Steven Mah

The selection process in hiring the new chancellor began in early November and concluded last week when interim vice chancellor of academic affairs Ronnie Green was named Harvey Perlman’s successor.

The university used a search form in addition to an internal search advisory committee made up of faculty and staff in order to narrow down the candidates. The search firm itself, Isaacson and Miller, collected and sorted through resumes before handing it down to the search advisory committee. Then, the committee, which was comprised members of the UNL community, had the task of weeding out the candidates.

Dr. John Bender, member of the search advisory committee and academic senate described the process as going fairly quick despite the large amount of original candidates.

“I think it went fairly expeditiously considering the fact it was a big process,” Bender said. “I can’t recall off hand how many resumes we looked at. It seemed there was a mind-numbing amount of resumes that we went through.”

With a new chancellor comes a new vision. Bender believes Green’s innovative ideas and inclusive mentality will move UNL in the right direction.

“I think he will bring to the job both a high-level energy and a thoughtful, consultative approach,” Bender said.

Bender also touched on Green’s priority of making sure everyone is involved.

“He’s committed to the idea of shared governance, meaning faculty, students and others have a legitimate role and say in what happens at this university,” Bender said. “I think he’s going to incorporate that into his management style.”

In addition to being faculty senate president, Bender also serves as a professor at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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