Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance (VCBF)

Jon Watts

Jonathan C Watts

Watts has served as vice chancellor since June 1, 2016. Prior to being appointed, Watts served as director and assistant director of business services. Before joining UNK, he was manager of marketing, key accounts and public relations at Intralot Inc.

In his current position, Watts manages the university’s financial operations to support and promote academic excellence, fiscal responsibility, and public accountability. Within the division are the offices of Business Services, Budget, Facilities Management and Planning, Finance, Human Resources, Emergency Management, Police and Parking, and contracted providers that include Food Service and Antelope Bookstore. The Vice Chancellor advises the chancellor, oversees the operations of the division and works with the university’s central administration to plan and carry out financial operations, set rates and fees, and plan for construction and facilities maintenance, including the new University Village project

Watts’ degrees are from UNL in communication studies (bachelor’s) and management (master’s) from Bellevue University. He has earned the designation Certified Auxiliary Services Professional.

Watts has been a member of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education and its Foundation since 2013, is a member of Yanney Heritage Park Foundation, and was a participant in Leadership Kearney (2013). He received the Kearney Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year award in 2012 and was campaign co-chair for Buffalo County Community Partners in 2014.

Watts and his wife, Erin, have three children, Ava, Brody and Mason.

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