LINCOLN — The University of Nebraska could withhold the identities of applicants to replace NU President J.B. Milliken under a bill introduced in the State Legislature.
State Sen. Galen Hadley of Kearney, a retired university administrator, said he introduced the Legislative Bill 1018 Wednesday on behalf of NU.
Hadley said that revealing the names of applicants for posts such as university president or chancellor can scare away good candidates and can hurt the reputation of unsuccessful applicants.
For instance, he said if an applicant is turned down for several jobs, it can harm the candidate's position at that person's current college.
Hadley said he has personal experience with being named as a finalist for a job and has colleagues who have been hurt by such revelations.
Milliken has been named chancellor of City University of New York, effective this summer. The NU Board of Regents plans to conduct a national search for his replacement. LB 1018 would apply to searches for the positions of president, chancellor and vice president at NU. Under current law, applicants' names must be revealed when they are designated as finalists for a position. If there are more than four applicants, at least four finalists must be disclosed. That state law was crafted in 2007 as a compromise between NU and state news media. Before that, the names of all candidates interviewed were required to be released.