University of Nebraska has selected Hank M. Bounds, Mississippi’s commissioner of higher education, as the system’s seventh president. He’ll replace interim President James Linder.
During Bounds’ two-year tenure as higher ed commissioner, student enrollment and degrees awarded by the institutions in the Mississippi system have increased by 13.3 percent and 11.4 percent, respectively.
He has advocated for increasing faculty compensation and providing greater opportunities for students.
In addition to approving an increase in appropriations to the system, the Mississippi Legislature provided a three-year bond bill for higher ed capital improvements.
Bounds has also provided oversight and direction for private fundraising in excess of $250 million per year.
He will join Nebraska on April 13.