University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds Will Step Down

University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds announced Monday he will step down. (Photo courtesy of University of Nebraska)
March 25, 2019 - 3:33pm

After four years, University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds said Monday he is stepping down from his post. He plans to stay involved in education but will return to the South.


Bounds made the announcement in a written statement Monday afternoon.  In it, he called his four years at the school “among the most exciting and enriching” of his career.  He also said the job has been “personally demanding.”

“I have done everything I could to serve our students and the people of Nebraska effectively. Now, after more than 20 years in executive roles, it’s time for me to recharge and reconnect with my family,” Bounds wrote in a letter to students, faculty and staff.

Bounds was named NU’s seventh president in April of 2015.  He previously served as Mississippi’s commissioner of higher education. His tenure included record-high enrollment of nearly 53,000 in 2017. He also appointed UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green and UNO Chancellor Jeffrey Gold to their leadership roles.

“Hank has been a strong and dedicated leader for the University of Nebraska during some challenging times.,” Green said in a statement. “He has been a tireless advocate for the NU system in the statehouse and across the state. I cannot thank him enough for his service. I wish Hank and Susie and their family the very best going forward.”

Board of Regents Chairman Tim Clare of Lincoln also thanked Bounds for his work with the University of Nebraska.

“We could not have asked for a better leader than Hank Bounds. He was a tireless leader who always put the university’s interests first,” Clare said. “Hank was the right person, at the right time, for our university, and we will forever be indebted for his great work.

Clare said the Board of Regents will meet soon to discuss how to move forward with the search for a new president.

Bounds said he and his family plan to return to the South and says he "won't be walking away from education." 

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