University of Nebraska Board of Regents

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents consists of eight, unpaid board members elected to each represent a district of the state. The board members serve six-year terms and oversee the university system’s general operations. They are joined on the board by four non-voting student regents, who represent each campus in the University of Nebraska system.

David Copple vs. Jim Pillen

District 3  

David Copple of Norfolk

decopple@greatadvocates.com

Copple’s website 

Copple’s Facebook 

Bio: Works as president of the Norfolk and Omaha law firm Copple, Rockey, McKeever & Schlecht P.C., L.L.O. Serves on the Nebraska State Highway Commission, as chairman Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Action Council and a member of the University of Nebraska President’s Advisory Council. Formerly served on Norfolk Public Schools Foundation board. Earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law. Copple and his wife, Shirley, live in Norfolk. They have two daughters.

 

Jim Pillen of Columbus

Pillen4Regent@yahoo.com

Pillen’s website 

Pillen’s Facebook 

Bio: Works as a veterinarian and owns Progressive Swine Technologies, based in Columbus. Serves as Columbus Community Hospital’s board chairman. Played football for Nebraska under former Coach Tom Osborne. Served on UNL President’s Advisory Board and Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce chairman. Earned a bachelor’s of science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his veterinary medicine doctorate from Kansas State University. Pillen and his wife, Suzanne, have three children and are guardians to another child.

 

Related News:

Copple, Pillen tout private sector experience in NU Regents campaigns

Columbus Telegraph reports: Text of what Pillen and Copple each bring to the race.

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Copple: Increased enrollment best way to decrease tuition

Columbus Telegraph reports: Question and answer piece on NU Regent candidate.

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Pillen steps ‘out of comfort zone,’ into regents race

Columbus Telegraph reports: In article, Pillen says the timing was right.

Get the full story here: www.columbustelegram.com

Copple on the issues 

Pillen on the issues

 

Bob Whitehouse vs. Larry Bradley

District 4 

Bob Whitehouse of Papillion

bwhitehouse@nebraska.edu

Whitehouse’s website

Whitehouse’s Facebook

Bio: Elected to University of Nebraska Board of Regents in 2006. Served as board’s chairman in 2011. Works as an education consultant for Served as principal of Omaha’s Bryan High School and as an adjunct professor of educational administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha from 2001 to 2003. Holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and a master’s degree in secondary school administration from UNO. Bob and his wife, Kim, have three adult children and four grandchildren.

 

Larry Bradley of Omaha

Contact Bradley 

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Bio: Serves as an adjunct professor of geology and geography at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Elected to Papio-Missouri Natural Resource District in 2008. Served in the U.S. Army for 4 years. Holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from UNO, a master’s degree in biology from UNO and a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Bradley and his wife, Dr. Sylvia Rael, have two children.

 

Related News:

Bradley requests UNO football, wrestling cancellation records

Omaha World-Herald reports: Story on Bradley’s suspicion of controversial sports cancellations.

Get the full story here: www.omaha.com 

Whitehouse among yes votes for Employee Plus One

Lincoln Journal Star reports: Story on NU Board of Regents approval and how they voted.

Get the full story here: www.journalstar.com

Whitehouse to run for 2nd term as regent

Omaha World-Herald reports: Story on Whitehouse’s regent’s bid and desire to attract talent to Nebraska.

Get the full story here: www.omaha.com 

Upset with UNO’s Division I move, Bradley enters regents race

Omaha World-Herald reports: Story on Bradley, his thoughts on ‘rushed’ move

Get the full story here: www.omaha.com 

Whitehouse on the issues

Bradley on the issues  

 

Lavon Heidemann vs. Mike Jones

District 5 

Lavon Heidemann of Elk Creek

lheidemann@leg.ne.gov

Heidemann’s website

Bio: Elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2004, representing District 1. Re-elected in 2008. Elected chairman of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee. Runs a farming operation south of Elk Creek. Previously served on the Elk Creek School Board. Graduated from Elk Creek High School. Heidemann and his wife, Robin, have three children.

 

Mike Jones of David City

JonesForRegent@gmail.com

Jones’ website

Jones’ Facebook 

Bio: Owns Jones Insurance Agency. Taught science and coached high school athletics at David City and Winside. Previously served as president of the David City Chamber of Commerce. Earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jones and his wife, Joanie, have three children and two grandchildren.

 

Related News:

Journal Star endorses Heidemann

Lincoln Journal Star: Editorial on how Heidemann’s legislative experience makes him better candidate.

Get endorsement details here: www.journalstar.com

Rural regent candidates’ opposing stem cell stances could revive policy reform efforts

Lincoln Journal Star: Story on how Heidemann, Jones would handle the issue if elected.

Get the full story here: www.journalstar.com

Jones, Heidemann differ on risks posed by NU security breach

Lincoln Journal Star: Story on Jones’ questions regarding breach, Heidemann’s confidence in university.

Get the full story here: www.journalstar.com

Pro-life endorsement pulled from regent-hopeful Jones

Lincoln Journal Star reports: Story on how Jones’ stem cell research stance led to dropped endorsement.

Get the full story here: www.journalstar.com

Heidemann places regents bid with senate term limit on horizon

Omaha World-Herald reports: Story on Heidemann’s decision to join regents race.

Get the full story here: www.omaha.com

Jones to pursue open NU regents seat

Lincoln Journal Star reports: Story on Jones, several other Nebraskans casting bids for NU board.

Get the full story here: www.journalstar.com

Jones on the issues 

Heidemann on the issues

 

Hal Daub vs. Ann Ferlic Ashford

District 8

Hal Daub of Omaha

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Bio: Served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and 6 ½ years as Omaha mayor. Works as a lawyer for Husch Blackwell Law Firm. Serves as a member of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Advisory Board. Earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis and a law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law. Daub and his wife, Mary, have three children and five grandchildren.

 

Ann Ferlic Ashford of Omaha

AnnAshfordforRegent@gmail.com

Ashford’s website

Ashford’s Facebook 

Bio: Works as director and corporate counsel for Private Practice Associates, LLC. Earned a bachelor’s degree in government and international studies at the University of Notre Dame and her law degree from the Creighton University School of Law. Ashford is the daughter of Regent Randy Ferlic, who is not seeking another term. Ashford is married with one son and two stepchildren.

 

Related News

Hal Daub sells passion for Nebraska, NU in ad

Hall Daub website reports: New advertisement for NU Regent hopeful Hal Daub.

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An Ashford win would mean first female NU regent in nearly a decade

Daily Nebraskan reports: Story on Ashford and women on the NU Board of Regents.

Get the full story here: www.dailynebraskan.com

Daub launches regents bid, wants to use his experience to give back to Nebraska

Omaha World-Herald reports: A story on Daub’s candidacy after a career in politics.

Get the full story here: www.omaha.com

Ashford announces plans to seek father’s NU regent seat

Omaha World-Herald reports: Story on Ashford’s run as a non-traditional politician.

Get the full story here: www.omaha.com

Daub on the issues 

Ferlic on the issues

 

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Other News:

Overshadowed races heat up as regent hopefuls vie for unpaid office

Omaha World-Herald reports: Story on the big spending, drama unfolding in less publicized regents races.

Get the full story here: www.omaha.com

NU Regents hold administrators accountable to taxpayers

NewsNetNebraska reports: Story on how the board operates, why it matters to university students, Nebraskans.

Get the full story here: www.newsnetnebraska.org

NU Regents candidates weigh in on stem cell research:

Lincoln Journal Star reports: Story on stances candidates have taken regarding controversial research method.

Get the full story here: www.journalstar.com

 

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