UNO alum named Secretary of Defense


The U.S. Senate confirmed Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense on Tuesday. The Senate voted 58-41 for confirmation. 

He was sworn in Wednesday morning. 

Hagel graduated from UNO in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in history. 

The former Nebraska Senator visited campus in October where he hosted a town hall meeting about campaigning, current issues and his successful 1996 senate campaign. 

The visit was held in conjunction with the Criss Library’s exhibit, “Campaign 1996: Hagel for Senate,” featuring artifacts from the U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Archives. 

The exhibit closed in November but the library is the permanent home for the archives. The archives are not yet open to the public. 

Hagel, a Vietnam veteran, dedicated the new MaV USO offices on the same visit.

Hagel is the first Nebraskan to be named defense secretary.