NU Releases Names of Those Considered For Presidency

Attorney General Jon Bruning said Thursday that the University of Nebraska violated State law by not releasing the names of the candidates for the position of president of the school system. The Attorney General was asked by several media organizations to review the University's decision not to release the names. The names were of eight candidates the search committee met with in Omaha and Kansas City. The University says the meetings were informal- not interviews-therefore they weren't required to release them under Nebraska law. But the Attorney General disagrees, saying, “common sense dictates there were at least some discussions beyond social niceties during those exchanges. So it is our opinion those were interviews, those were people who were finalists, therefor, their names must be released.”

But the University did release the names of the four candidates who didn't make the final cut. They are Chester Gardner, who is the vice president for academic affairs at the University of Illinois. Cynthia Harden-Milligan who serves as the dean of The College of Business Administration at UNl. The other candidates were Dan Angel, who is the president of Marshall University in West Virginia. And William E. Hogan, who is the chairman and CEO of The Hogan Company in Minneapolis. The University says their disappointed with the decision, but understand that it was a close call to make.