N.U. Presidential Finalists Begin On-Campus Visits

The finalists for the University of Nebraska President's position began making on-campus visits this week. The list of candidates to replace the retiring L. Dennis Smith is down to four. Two of them began the process of meeting officials, regents and the public on the N.U. campuses Monday.

James Ellis, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command at Offut Air Force Base, made the rounds on the Lincoln campus, explaining that his experience as a military leader would serve him well in the N.U. President's job. While Ellis conceded that there are a lot of budget-concerns for the University he said he would rather dwell on the institution's successes rather than its difficulties. The longtime Naval officer will go through similar receptions Thursday on the University of Nebraska campuses in Omaha and Kearney.

Peter Hoff, currently University of Maine president has already made those rounds and will be on the Lincoln campus Tuesday.

The other two finalists, University of North Carolina administrator James Milliken and U.N.L. official Kim Robak will go through their on-campus visits Wednesday through Friday.