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Nebraska names priority candidate for Univ. President

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Posted at 10:52 AM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-05 11:39:07-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The University of Nebraska may soon be helmed by a former Navy admiral. The Board of Regents has "unanimously voted to name Walter "Ted" Carter, immediate past superintendent of the US Naval Academy, as the priority candidate to serve as the 8th president of the University of Nebraska."

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According to a release from the university, Carter has a record in education with a proven track record. He served as a superintendent to his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy. During his six year tenure at the academy, they say it had "record highs in graduation rates and student diversity, improvements in the student experience, top national rankings, and success in fundraising and engagement with elected leaders."

Next, Carter will undergo a 30-day public review across the state, meeting Nebraskans who will question him and provide feedback. After the 30-day period, the Board of Regents will have the opportunity to vote on his appointment.

A 23-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee, which the University says represented people at all levels in their institution, put their support behind Carter as the primary candidate.

“The search committee began this process with a tall order in front of us: Find a president who could build on the University of Nebraska’s incredible momentum and lead us into our next chapter of growth. In Ted Carter, we found that person,” said Regent Jim Pillen of Columbus, who chaired the national search that began in April."

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, who is currently running for reelection, offered his praise for the decision:

"Congratulations and welcome to The Good Life, Admiral Carter. The Board of Regents did a great job, and we should all be thrilled to welcome the Admiral to his new home. He’s had a distinguished career and Nebraskans should be excited about him leading our state’s biggest and most influential institution."