During a recent community visit some 250 miles away from our campuses, a man stood up to make a point. He said: “One chancellor overseeing two universities [was] a great idea.”
Our regular visits to Nebraska’s vibrant rural communities – including this trip to the towns of McCook, Gothenburg, and Holdrege, Nebraska – offer an opportunity for us to discuss their needs.
From health to workforce, communication to transportation, questions and comments frequently cover the gamut, but this specific comment was a surprise. In a town of just 3,500, residents were paying attention to the shared leadership of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and University of Nebraska at Omaha.
And why not? In the last two years, the synergistic relationship between the universities – one that has continually strengthened the brand identity for both institutions – has evolved into something that is thriving and nationally unique.