Who we are

Our Mission 

The University of Nebraska at Kearney is a public, residential university committed to be one of the nation’s premier undergraduate institutions with excellent graduate education, scholarship, and public service.

Our Vision 

The University of Nebraska at Kearney will achieve national distinction for a high quality, multidimensional learning environment, engagement with community and public interests, and preparation of students to lead responsible and productive lives in a democratic, multicultural society.

Key to such improvement will be: clear focus on mission imperatives, fidelity to historic core values, and continuous and rigorous self-appraisal or assessment of outcomes.

Doug Kristensen
Douglas A. Kristensen
University of Nebraska at Kearney
(308) 865-8208
Chancellor Kristensen was appointed to lead the University of Nebraska at Kearney in July 2002 following a distinguished career in the Nebraska Legislature. He represented the 37th legislative district and, at the time he retired from office, was the longest serving Speaker of the Legislature. He brings to the position a unique knowledge of the issues affecting higher education in the State of Nebraska, a record of dedication to Nebraska citizens, and a long familiarity with the University system in general and the history and mission of the Kearney campus in particular. more (Full Bio) >>

Vice Chancellors

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Charles Bicak
Senior Vice Chancellor
Academic and Student Affairs
(308) 865-8209
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Barbara L. Johnson
Vice Chancellor
Business & Finance
(308) 865-8205

Deans, Advisors, Directors, and Assistant Vice Chancellors

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Tim Burkink
Business & Technology
(308) 865-1547
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Ed Scantling
(308) 865-8677
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William Jurma
Fine Arts & Humanities
(308) 865-8521
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John C. La Duke
Natural & Social Sciences
(308) 865-8995
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Kenya Taylor
Associate Vice Chancellor
Academic and Student Affairs
Graduate Studies & Research
(308) 865-8500
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Janet Wilke
(308) 865-8546
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Gilbert Hinga
Interim Dean
Division of Student Affairs
(308) 865-8528
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Kelly H. Bartling
Assistant Vice Chancellor
Communications & Community Relations
(308) 865-8455
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Deborah Schroeder
Assistant Vice Chancellor
Information Technology
(308) 865-8950
Jane Sheldon
Jane Sheldon
Assistant Vice Chancellor
Business & Finance
(308) 865-8427
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Neal Schnoor
Senior Advisor to the Chancellor
(308) 865-8715
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Paul Plinske
Director of Athletics
(308) 865-8332
Kayla James Internal Auditor
Kayla James
Internal Auditor
(308) 865-8222