Dr. John E. Christensen has been tapped as the next Chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The appointment by University President James Milliken was announced Tuesday.
The 58-year-old Christensen has been serving as the interim chancellor since September 2006.
He was chosen after a national search and the appointment is now subject to approval by the Board of Regents. That vote is expected on May 18.
In a news release announcing the appointment, Milliken is quoted as saying, "Over the past eight months, John has demonstrated integrity and openness and has provided energetic leadership for the campus. It's clear that John Christensen loves UNO, and he has an ambitious vision for its future. He has outlined objectives which will ensure that no time or momentum is lost at UNO."
Milliken called the field of candidates for the post, "impressive" and said there were, "four outstanding finalists for this position,"
Christensen has spent his entire academic career at UNO, beginning in 1978 as a faculty member in the College of Education's Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders. He subsequently served as chair of that department for 12 years.
Christensen received his bachelor's degree in speech and communication from Dana College, his master's degree in speech-language pathology from UNO and his Ph.D. in speech-language pathology from the University of Kansas. He becomes the first UNO graduate to serve as its Chancellor.