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Chancellor Gold provided updates to the UNO community in a June 21 town hall meeting
photo courtesy UNO communications

Charlotte Reilly
News Editor

Chancellor Jeffrey Gold updated University of Nebraska at Omaha faculty, staff and students on the university budget at a town hall meeting on June 21, 2017.

Hundreds of UNO affiliates attended the event at the Strauss Performing Arts Center. Those who could not attend watched a livestream.

The University of Nebraska system’s budget will be cut by $27 million over the next two years, Chancellor Gold explained. More than 100 University of Nebraska positions will be cut. About $5 million in cuts are expected in the first year, and the rest in the second.

Chancellor Gold said UNO can continue to grow with the help and input of the Maverick community.

“You can’t cut your way to greatness. We have remarkable untapped growth potential to get through this and to come out of this budget cycle far greater, far stronger than we have ever been,” Chancellor Gold said.  “The long and the short of it is I need to hear from you. The strength of our university is the strength of our people.”

Chancellor also discussed the possible merge of UNO and UNMC. He said the campuses may collaborate in research, data and faculty sharing, but believes the missions of both schools will stay separate.

“I don’t see a lot of overlap in academic programs, at least today. I see synergies. I see opportunities to bring people and programs together.”

He advised the UNO community not to be discouraged by the budget cuts and to continue growing in quality and numbers.

Chancellor Gold invited anyone concerned about the university budget to visit nebraska.edu/budgetplanning or email him directly at jeffrey.gold@unomaha.edu.



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photo courtesy UNO communications

Charlotte Reilly
News Editor

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved the appointment of Jeffery P. Gold, M.D. as the interim chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Omaha on June 1, 2017.

“Jeff Gold is a proven leader who, together with talented faculty, staff and students has put UNMC on a remarkable trajectory,” said University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds.

“He knows Omaha and our state well, he has built deep connections with university stakeholders, and he appreciates the unique- and in many cases complementary- missions of Nebraska’s public academic health science center and its metropolitan university.”

Chancellor Gold said he plans to expand opportunities for UNO and UNMC through collaboration.

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Chancellor Gold walks along UNO campus with former student body president Patrick Davlin
Photo courtesy UNO Communications

Charlotte Reilly
News Editor

Chancellor Jeffery Gold began his first day as the interim chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Omaha on May 8, 2017.

UNO staff and students received an email on April 27, 2017 stating Chancellor Gold was selected to replace UNO Chancellor John Christenson as the interim chancellor of UNO. Chancellor Gold has been the chancellor at The University of Nebraska Medical Center since 2014.

“UNO’s student-focused, metropolitan university mission will remain the bedrock of everything we build together,” Chancellor Gold said in a speech during his first day as the UNO chancellor. “Together, we will continue UNO’s rich history of prioritizing not just excellence in education, but also access and opportunity.”

Chancellor Gold listed some of the accomplishments of UNO and UNMC, including education programs that lead to research and health professions, dual degree programs, expanded outreach and advances in biomedical technology programs.

On May 11, 2017, University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds announced that the Nebraska Legislature might be conducting a study to determine if combining the UNMC and UNO campuses is possible and advantageous. The university did not know of or request the study, Bounds explained.

“We’ll be pleased to have conversations with interested senators about the reasoning behind our decision to name Dr. Gold to lead both UNMC and UNO,” Bounds said. “We will make the same points we have shared with all of you: That this appointment opens exciting opportunities for student and faculty collaborations, that we think can find additional fiscal efficiencies, and that while it makes sense for our Omaha-based campuses to work more closely together, UNO and UNMC also each have distinct and important missions to serve our state.”

If the study proceeds, Bounds says he will use the opportunity to show the legislators the role each campus plays in Nebraska communities and explain the decision behind the leadership transition.