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The 150 Executive Committee

To articulate the mission and values needed to guide the University of Nebraska–Lincolnand to determine the impact the university wants to have and the overarching goal(s) the university seeks to achieve in the next 25 years. The 150 Executive Committee will lead the strategic planning process and guide the development of key elements of the plan including strategies and the key metrics by which fulfilment of the mission will be gauged. Individual members of the Executive Committee will either serve on the Mission and Values subcommittee or likely co-chair one of the other subcommittees. Together, The 150 Executive Committee will ensure that the strategic planning process accomplishes its work in a timely way and with robust input from a broad range of stakeholders.

Donde Plowman (co-chair)
Executive Vice Chancellor

Will Thomas (co-chair)
Professor of History

Jim Alfano
Professor of Plant Pathology

Katherine Ankersen
Dean of Architecture

Ayat Aribi
ASUN External Vice President

Tammy Beck
Associate Dean of Business

Laurie Bellows
Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Layton Brooks
Director, Compensation & Employment

Tom Field
Director, Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program

Eileen Hebets
Professor, School of Biological Sciences

Tiffany Heng-Moss
Interim Dean of Ag. Sciences and Natural Resources

Lisa Kaslon
Extension Educator (Northeast R&E Center)

Marc LeBaron
Chairman and CEO, Lincoln Industries

Daniel Linzell
Chair of Civil Engineering

Liz Lorang
Associate Professor of Libraries

Jane Miller
President, The Gallup Organization

Richard Moberly
Dean of Law

James Pillen, DVM
University Board of Regents

Julia Reilly
President, Graduate Student Assembly

Jeff Rudy
Faculty Senate

Joe Selig
Senior VP, University of Nebraska Foundation

Susan Sheridan
Director, Nebraska Center for Research on Children,
Youth, Families & Schools

Harris Smith
Director, Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film

Joe Starita
Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications

Hunter Traynor
Incoming ASUN President

Bob Wilhelm
VC for Research & Economic Development

Mike Zeleny (ex-officio)
Chief of Staff and Associate to the Chancellor

The 150 Commission Subcommittees

This Commission consists of all members of the subcommittees and is responsible for helping create the specific elements of the campus plan for the next 25 years. The 150 Commission, largely through its subcommittees, will support and advise The 150 Executive Committee in the work of determining the overarching goal(s) for the a campus strategic plan and articulating the mission and values needed to guide the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the coming years. The Commission will focus on developing strategies to achieve thegoal(s) and fulfill the mission. Each subcommittee of The 150 Commission will focus on a key area of the University’s workand will be led by co-chairs, at least one of whom will typically serve as a member of The 150 Executive Committee.The subcommittees will provide timely input to the strategic planning process, based on the expertise of the members and input from a broad range of stakeholders.

Campus Community and Faculty and Staff Roles

This subcommittee will articulate the characteristics of the university’s culture going forward and, in particular, the role(s) of faculty as leaders of the campus community.Guiding questions will likely focus on identifying the principlesand aspirations that underpin the community, the mechanisms by which this culture is created and maintained (including incentives and rewards), and the role faculty play in creating and sustaining this ethos. Guiding questions would likely focus on the systems of incentives and rewards for students, faculty and staff to ensure alignment with this culture, modes of communication and standards of transparency in decision-making utilized within the university, and clarifying faculty roles as intellectual and community leaders.

Tiffany Heng-Moss (co-chair)
Interim Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

Beth Theiss-Morse (co-chair)
Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Janelle Bernaky
Undergraduate Student

Kristen Blankley
Associate Professor, Law

Michael Burton
Associate Professor of Practice, Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design

D'Vee Buss
Assistant Dean, College of Business

Alex Fernando
Undergraduate Student, College of Journalism & Mass Communications

Amy Lanham
Senior Associate Director, Campus Recreation

Brian Reetz
Promotion & Publications Coordinator, Glenn Korff School of Music

Jeanne Wicks
Director, Sponsored Programs

Tim Gay
Professor, Physics & Astronomy

Steven Jara
Residence Hall Director, Massengale Residence Life

Liz Lorang
Associate Professor, University Libraries

Jake Messersmith
Associate Professor, Management

Jeff Rudy
Professor of Practice, Nutrition & Health Sciences

Lily Wang
Associate Dean, College of Engineering

Catherine Wilson
Associate Professor, College of Law

Diversity and Inclusion

This subcommittee will focus on bringing to life Chancellor Green’s words: “We are the flagship and land-grant University for Nebraska, and diversity and inclusion are central to our mission and pursuit of excellence. Each person has something to gain from and offer to our community of learning, discovery and outreach. All are welcome here.” Guiding questions will most likely include how the university can improve its efforts to attract and retain faculty, staff, and students of color, how can the university become of model land grant university that embraces diversity as a strategy towards excellence, how and in what manner can the university most effectively implement the recommendations in the Halualani Diversity Mapping Report, how to increase the diversity in leadership positions within the university, what can the University do to make our community and region welcoming for the diverse students, faculty and staff.

Amy Goodburn (co-chair)
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor & Dean, Undergraduate Education

Anna Shavers (co-chair)
Professor, College of Law

Rousol Aribi
Undergraduate Student, College of Architecture

Layton Brooks
Employee Relations, Compensation & Employment, Director

Ann Chang
Artistic Director, Lied Center for Performing Arts

Trina Creighton
Associate Professor, Broadcasting

Catia Guerrero
Administrative Associate, Child, Youth & Family Studies

Margaret Jacobs
Director, Women's & Gender Studies

Deepak Keshwani
Associate Professor, Biological Systems Engineering

Christine Wittich
Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

Rik Barrera
Associate Dean, College of Business

Eric Buhs
Associate Professor, Educational Psychology

Gwen Combs
Associate Professor, Management

Pat Dussault
Professor, Chemistry

Jan Gradwohl
NU Alumni

Jason Headrick
Graduate Student, IANR

Karen Kassebaum
Director, Staff Diversity and Inclusion

Charlene Maxey-Harris
Associate Professor, University Libraries

Robert Tualauleiei
NU Alumni

Scott Young
Director of Lincoln Food Bank

Economic Development and Innovation

This subcommittee will focus on identifying community needs for economic development and ensuring alignment between those needs and both the research capacity of the university and its academic programs. Guiding questions will likely focus on enhancing this alignment, developing mechanisms to ensure degree programs meet societal needs, securing access to funding for research and educational activities, and ensuring the effective leveraging of the Nebraska Innovation Campus in these efforts.

Cheryl Horst (co-chair)
Assistant Director, NuTech Ventures

Shane Farritor (co-chair)
Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Wendy Birdsall
President, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce

Kiyomi Deards
Associate Professor, University Libraries

Alyssa Ehler
Undergraduate Student, IANR

Tony Goins
Vice President for Operations, Capital One

Connie Hancock
Extension Educator, Panhandle Research & Extension Center

Marc LeBaron
Chairman & CEO, Lincoln Industries

Lisa Smith
NU Alumni

Deb Brown
Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences

Ryan Downs
President & CEO, Proxibid

Ted Hamann
Professor, Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education

Dan Hoffman
Chief Executive Officer, Invest Nebraska Corporation

Dan Linzell
Professor, Civil Engineering

Brett Stohs
Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Law

Larry Van Tassell
Professor, Agricultural Economics

Jay Wilkinson
CEO, Firespring

Walker Zulkoski
Business Development Consultant, Nebraska Department of Economic Development

Engagement in Nebraska and Beyond

This subcommittee will focus on the ways in which the UNL campus community engages with and contributes to communities across Nebraska, nationally and globally. Alumni engagement as well as partnerships with businesses, NGOs and governments are key areas of focus for this group—particularly connecting faculty and students with diverse communities and aligning campus-based research and creative activities with societal needs. Questions guiding this subcommittee’s work would likely focus on the capacities the university needs to create and sustain connections with external stakeholders that support student recruitment and placement, dissemination of research to relevant communities, fostering enduring affinity for and connections with the university, and useful measures for tracking progress with engagement.

Amy Struthers (co-chair)
Interim Dean, College of Journalism & Mass Communications

Chuck Hibberd (co-chair)
Dean & Director, Cooperative Extension

Barb Cooksley
Past President, Nebraska Cattlemen

Kirk Dombrowski
Professor, Sociology

Terry Kroeger
President & Publisher, Omaha World-Herald Company

Brianna McKay
Graduate Student, lANR

Sam Nelson
Director, Center for Entrepreneurship

Tom Pansing
NU Alumni, Pansing Hogan Ernst & Bachman LLP

Joe Selig
Senior Vice President for UNL Development, University of Nebraska Foundation

Joel Cramer
Associate Professor, Nutrition & Health Sciences


Clarence Waters
Professor, Durham School of Architectural Engineering & Construction

Linda Major
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Julia Messineo
Undergraduate Student, College of Business

Rhonda Seacrest
Community Volunteer

Jessica Shoemaker
Associate Professor, College of Law

Zhenghong Tang
Associate Professor, School of Natural Resources/Community & Regional Planning


Brodey Weber
Undergraduate Student, College of Arts & Sciences

Shelley Zaborowski
Executive Director, Nebraska Alumni Association

Internal Operations and Infrastructure

Organizational effectiveness and the physical and technological infrastructure on which the university depends will be the focus of this subcommittee. This includes recruitment and retention of faculty and staff aligned with the university’s needs and values, the organizational structures in which they work, as well as the physical facilities and information technology necessary to facilitate their work. Guiding questions will likely focus on identifying the characteristics of the people, organizational structures and infrastructure the university will need in the next decade, as well asensuring the collection and effective use of data in decision-making.

Mary LaGrange (co-chair)
Controller, Business & Finance

Kay Richter (co-chair)
Business Officer, University Libraries

Tammy Beck
Associate Dean, College of Business

Rick Bevins
Professor, Psychology


Carrick Detweiler
Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering


Jackson Grasz
Undergraduate Student, College of Business

Deb Hamernik
Associate Dean/Associate Director, Agricultural Research Division

Lara lsmert
Graduate Student, College of Arts & Sciences

Tyrell Ross
Assistant Finance Manager, College of Business

Barry Shull
Facilities Director, IANR


Trevor Spath
Undergraduate Student, IANR

James Volkmer
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Office of Executive Vice Chancellor

Lori Bennet Baumli
Business Manager, Architecture

Ken Bloom
Professor, Physics & Astronomy

Brooke Hay
Assistant Director, Facilities, Maintenance and Planning

John Jentz
Chief Financial Officer, Athletics

Mark Schroeder
Facilities Director, Eastern Nebraska Research & Extension Center

Dori Smidt
Assistant Dean, Business Operations, College of Education & Human Sciences

Joe Turner
Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

John Wirtz
Chief Product Officer, Hudl

Becky Zavala
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research

Mission and Values

This subcommittee will articulate a future-oriented, over-arching mission statement and core values that encapsulate the shared purpose of the university. These statements, and the goal(s) they encompass for the future, will be the focus of the strategic plan. Guiding questions for this group would likely focus on articulating the meta-level goal(s) for the university over the next decade, and then articulating the mission and values in ways that will achieve those goals while retaining the enduring character of the university as a community and a resource for the state.

Donde Plowman (co-chair)
Executive Vice Chancellor

Will Thomas ( co-chair)
Professor, History

Kathy Ankerson
Dean, College of Architecture

Stephen Baenziger
Associate Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Eric Berger
Associate Professor, College of Law


Andrew Jewell
Professor, University Libraries


Eric Keen
Chief Executive Officer, HDR

Jane Miller
President, The Gallup Organization

Jim Pillen
DVM University Board of Regents


Julia Reilly
President, Graduate Student Assembly 


Harris Smith
Director, Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film

Ayat Aribi
Undergraduate Student, College of Business

Shannon Bartelt-Hunt
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies

John Hibbing
Professor, Political Science

Lisa Kaslon
Extension Educator, Northeast Research & Extension Center

Jeff Kutash
Executive Director, Peter Kiewit Foundation

Richard Moberly
Dean, College of Law

Sara Skretta
Certification Officer, College of Education and Human Sciences

Joe Starita
Professor, News & Editorial

Linda Young
Associate Professor, Practice, Nutrition & Health Sciences

Research, Scholarship and Creativity

For faculty and students alike (particularly graduate students), this subcommittee will articulate the attributes UNL needs to deepen and extend its capacity for discovery. This includes aspects of campus culture, rewards and recognition, organizational support for every step of the process by which discovery and creation occurs, and articulation of community expectations for quality in both disciplinary and interdisciplinary work. Guiding questions will likely point to quality expectations, incentives and rewards, research support needs, relevant measures of achievement, and students’roles in supporting and contributing to research and creativity on campus.

Jim Alfano (co-chair)
Professor. Plant Pathology


Sue Sheridan (co-chair)
Director, Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families & Schools

Jason Adams
Graduate Student, IANR

Andy Benson
Director, Nebraska Food for Health Center

Colton Harper
Undergraduate Student, College of Arts & Sciences

Sherri Jones
Director /Chair, Special Education & Communication Disorders

Suping Lu
Professor, University Libraries

Angie Pannier
Associate Professor, Biological Systems Engineering

David Sellmyer
Director, Nebraska Center for Materials & Nansocience

Angelica Solomon
Undergraduate Student, College of Engineering

Bob Wilhelm
VC for Research & Economic Development

Kwame Dawes
Professor, English

Katrina Jagodinsky
Associate Professor, History

Rebecca Lai
Associate Professor, Chemistry

Yongfeng Lu
Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Sandy Placzek
Professor, College of Law

Don Voelte
NU Alumni

Larry Williams
Professor, Management

Student Experience

This subcommittee will define both the cultural and academic elements of student life, combining a focus on the learning experiences and outcomes the university seeks for students with the ways students should experience that learning and participate in the campus community. Questions guiding this subcommittee’s work would likely focus on the attributes students need to succeed at all degree levels, the intellectual experiences and range of supports they need to succeed, the organizational capacities necessary to support their learning, and key metrics useful in ensuring the efficacy and quality of their experiences.

Laurie Bellows (co-chair)
Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs


Aaron Holz (co-chair)
Associate Professor, Art History & Design

Molly Brummond
Assistant Dean for Students/ Alumni Relations, College of Law

Eric Einspahr
Academic Advisor, College of Education and Human Sciences

Charlie Foster
Asst. to Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Michelle Hassler
Assistant Professor of Practice, College of Journalism & Mass Communications

Michael Hoffman
Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering


Dan Hohensee
Director, The Career Academy

Stephanie Kuenning
Student Success Coordinator, College of Architecture

Martha Mamo
Professor, Agronomy & Horticulture

Eddie Brown
Investor Relations, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce

Alex Chapman
Undergarduate Student

Megan Elliott
Director, Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts

Tom Field
Director, Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program

Eileen Hebets
Professor, School of Biological Sciences

Dennis LeBlanc
Executive Associate Athletic Director

Tawnya Means
Assistant Dean, College of Business

Jewel Rodgers
Undergraduate Student

Pat Tetreault
Director, LGBTQA

Bill Watts
Director, University Advising & Career Services