University of Nebraska-Lincoln



The University of Nebraska System invites applications and nominations for the position of Chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).  The UNL Chancellor serves as chief executive of the System’s flagship, land-grant, comprehensive research university.


UNL was chartered as a land-grant university on February 15, 1869 to create opportunity for the state of Nebraska.  A proud member of the Big Ten Conference, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), UNL is classified within the Carnegie “R1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity” category and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


In addition to three campuses in Lincoln, UNL has research, extension, and education centers across the state.  The Chancellor plays a crucial role advancing initiatives in support of multiple aspects of our state, including: serving as the leader in research, innovation, and its application to support Nebraska businesses and producers, reaching the highest levels of student success and achievement; catalyzing economic development opportunities; and enhancing the well-being of Nebraska residents.


The Chancellor exercises broad authority and is responsible for all aspects of campus administration, including academic affairs, research and economic development, student affairs, business and finance, agriculture and natural resources, and athletics.  In addition, the Chancellor plays a vital role leading fundraising efforts for UNL, building partnerships with a wide range of public and private organizations, serving as a spokesperson for the university, and enhancing community engagement.


UNL core leadership pillars include: a proven leader for UNL; prioritizes higher education, academic, and research/creative excellence; a catalyst for systemic change, innovation, and collaboration; a passion for student success; inclusive excellence; grasps Nebraska values; appreciates Nebraska’s agricultural and natural resource tradition and future; and values intercollegiate athletics.


Chancellor qualifications, attributes and additional information about UNL can be found in the profile here:


Applicants are encouraged to submit materials electronically by the target date of April 7, 2023 to and should include: (1) a letter of interest describing relevant experience and linking one’s experience to the listed Core Leadership Pillars, Qualifications, and Key Preferred Leadership Attributes; and (2) a current curriculum vitae. All candidate names will remain confidential throughout the search until the priority candidate is announced.

Nominations and expressions of interest in the Chancellor position are encouraged. Please direct them to or to the AGB search consultants listed below:

Rod McDavis, Ph.D., Managing Principal; 804.514.1982


Kimberly Templeton, JD, Principal; 540.761.9494


Sally Mason, Ph.D, Senior Executive Search Consultant; 765.414.0299


Garry Owens, Ph.D., Senior Executive Search Consultant; 806.239.3049


Anne Hoffman, Executive Search Associate; 805.490.9161


The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.