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Finalists Set for University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor

LINCOLN, Neb. ― Three finalists hoping to become the next chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will soon visit the campus, where they might spot the fourth finalist, who already works there.

University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds announced the finalists Tuesday in a news release following a national search by a professional recruiting firm. The university would not say how many people applied or were recruited to replace Chancellor Harvey Perlman, who plans to leave the office on June 30 and return to the law school faculty.

Each finalist will spend three days on campus and in the community, talking to staffers, students and community members as well as attending several forums.

The four are Sabah Randhawa, the provost and executive vice president at Oregon State University; April Mason, the provost and senior vice president at Kansas State University; Daniel Reed, the vice president for research and economic development at the University of Iowa; and Ronnie Green, the vice president for agriculture and natural resources for the University of Nebraska system.

Randhawa, Oregon State’s chief operating officer and chief academic officer, is scheduled to visit Monday through Wednesday. He holds a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the University of Engineering & Technology in Pakistan and a master’s and doctorate in industrial engineering from Oregon State and Arizona State University, respectively.

Mason is scheduled to visit next Tuesday through Thursday. She is responsible for undergraduate and graduate academic programs on three campuses. Mason holds a doctorate in nutrition and a master’s in botany from Purdue University and a bachelor’s in biology from University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.

Reed is due in town Feb. 29-March 2. Reed oversees the university’s portfolio of more than $400 million in externally funded research and its research centers. Previously, he was Microsoft’s corporate vice president for technology policy and extreme computing.

He holds a bachelor’s from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a master’s and doctorate from Purdue University, all in computer science.

The local candidate, Green, will attend his activities as a chancellor finalist from March 2 through March 4. He holds several positions: vice president for agriculture and natural resources for the university system, vice chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the Lincoln campus and interim senior vice chancellor for the Lincoln campus.

He received a bachelor’s and master’s in animal science from Virginia Tech and Colorado State University, respectively. His Ph.D. program was completed jointly at the Lincoln campus and the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska.

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