The primary race for the University of Nebraska Board of Regents has attracted a number of well-known politicians and business executives who have promised to keep college affordable and use the university as an engine for economic growth.
The vote Tuesday will eliminate candidates from three of four seats that will appear on ballots. The nonpartisan, unpaid board has eight members plus one non-voting student regent for each of the four University of Nebraska campuses. The top two primary vote-getters advance to the November general election.
The election comes in the midst of recent tuition increases at the University of Nebraska, including a 5 percent bump last year for both resident and nonresident students. Administrators have said the increases are necessary to avoid severe program cuts.