Presidential Search and Information Update - 10/27/2011

To: All Faculty and Staff
From: Joe M. King, Interim Chancellor
Date: October 27, 2011
Re: Update on Presidential Search

I wanted to stay in touch with you about the presidential search as we approach November and enter the more advanced stages of the search. The newly appointed president will enter a situation that is experiencing some positive momentum. We have improved our graduation rate from 21% to 38%. Our first-to-second year retention has increased from 64% to 67% and our first-to-third year retention has increased from 49% to 50%. So while there is clearly more improvement to be made, we are starting to move in the right direction. While overall enrollment has continued to fall, it fell at a lower rate than last year and we actually increased the number of new students entering the university by 4%. That demonstrates that we remain a desirable university.

It is also important to understand that the president will have many decisions to make. I know that there has been continued discussion about the fate of our athletic program, and I want to make clear that the president will have input and be the one to make final decisions. We are currently pulling together all of the analysis and data regarding this decision and in consideration of Senate Resolution 68 by Senators Appel and Murray, ensuring that all of the evaluative information is truly assessed and available for the incoming president. We have to ensure that he or she has all of the appropriate information and will not be constrained by choices made prior to being hired.

We are confident that the new president will meet these challenges in a strategic and enthusiastic manner. The UNO Presidential Search Committee is currently in the process of vetting applicants and we look forward to welcoming them back to campus for the next phase of the search next month. We will provide you with updates every step of the way.