Governor addresses rumors he’s interested in NU presidency

By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog

LINCOLN, Neb. – Gov. Dave Heineman has long been rumored to be interested in being president of the University of Nebraska, and with the departure of NU President J.B. Milliken, the timing couldn’t be better for Heineman to apply for the job.

Gov. Dave Heineman

Milliken is leaving NU to take the job as chancellor of City University of New York.

So, would Heineman be interested in taking over the university system? Heineman’s term as governor ends at year’s end.

KFOR radio host Coby Mach posed that very question to the governor during his Thursday show. Heineman said he’s heard the rumors, too, but said, “I’ve never thought about it.”

“I am focused on being the governor of this state. I’ve got a session to finish. I want to get tax relief for Nebraskans.”

Heineman said he wants to celebrate Milliken’s success in working on education, jobs and economic development.

“We’re gonna miss him,” Heineman said. “I wish him well in New York but I wish he was staying here.”

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