A new chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center likely won't be in place by the time Chancellor Harold “Hal” Maurer is scheduled to leave the post June 30, university officials said this week.
“It's very likely that an interim will be appointed,” said Dara Troutman, chief of staff to University of Nebraska President J.B. Milliken, who will name the new chancellor. “That interim will serve for a month or two or three, depending on how quickly a new chancellor is able to assume the position.”
Troutman said it's also possible that Milliken will ask Maurer to stay until his successor is named.
“That is not outside of the realm of possibility,” she said. “It's certainly an option that could be considered.”
Maurer, 76, has served as chancellor since 1998, overseeing a period of significant growth on campus. He announced in September that he would transition into a fundraising role for UNMC's new cancer center by the end of June.
In November, Milliken named a 14-member search committee to find Maurer's replacement. He said he hoped to have a permanent chancellor in place by July 1. The committee was charged with submitting four names to Milliken for consideration.
Wednesday, before the ribbon-cutting for the Truhlsen Eye Institute on the UNMC campus, Milliken said a new chancellor might not be on the job until just before the start of the fall semester.
Troutman said Thursday that the people seeking the job are very busy.
“In some cases, even being able to schedule the initial interview with the search committee required several weeks for that to be accomplished,” she said. “That's not a negative or a delay in the process or anything like that — it's just one of the dynamics.”
Some of the candidates still are practicing clinicians, she said, and are scheduled to see patients.
“We have dynamite candidates,” Troutman said. “We're very much looking forward to welcoming them to Omaha for their visits in the very near future.”
Dr. James Linder, the chairman of the search committee, said in an email: “Our timetable remains unchanged. The public campus interviews begin in early June. Scheduling the visits has been harder than finding excellent candidates.”
Linder is a physician and professor of pathology and microbiology at UNMC.
Milliken, in response to a request for comment, said in a written statement Thursday that based on updates from Linder, he is pleased with the search committee's progress. “I expect to be in a position soon to announce an estimated timetable for completion of the search, including schedules for finalists' campus visits and other related matters.”
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