NU President Search Bill

By: KLKN Newsroom

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)  The University of Nebraska’s governing board would no longer disclose the names of four finalists when selecting a new president but would require a vetting period for its one “priority candidate” under a bill in the Legislature.

Senator John Murante of Gretna introduced the measure Wednesday at the request of Regent Howard Hawks, who says the state’s disclosure requirements prevent good candidates from applying.

The bill would allow the disclosure of a single “priority candidate” for president or chancellor, who would then be subject to a 30-day public vetting period before the regents could take action. The candidate’s name, application materials, letters of reference and school transcripts would be made public.

Open-government advocates have argued that competing finalists should be willing to face public scrutiny.

The bill is LB1109.