A new advisory structure recently laid out for the Peter Kiewit Institute offers a “really excellent opportunity” for the Omaha-based engineering institute, its interim director said Thursday.
Scott D. Snyder, associate vice chancellor for research and creative activity at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, was named to the post in the wake of resignation earlier this week of director Michael McGinnis.
Snyder, who attended a UNO campus visit by the NU Board of Regents, said his job for now involves learning more about the institute and working with the newly formed PKI Academic Advisory Council.
The regents recently approved a plan that requires leaders at UNO and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to share responsibility for the institute's success. A consultant's report in July found that it was being hampered by “dysfunctionalities” in its structure and operations.
The advisory council includes the deans of the UNO information science and technology college and UNL's engineering college and the senior vice chancellors at both UNO and UNL.
“They will be providing groundwork for the future,” Snyder said.
He said he has not been informed about any timeline for naming a permanent director.