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Regents name 1st woman to lead University of Nebraska

May 31, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska Board of Regents has named a longtime administrator and faculty member as the school's interim president-elect.

The board announced Thursday that it will name Susan M. Fritz the university's interim president following the departure of current President Hank Bounds, who will leave Aug. 15. Fritz will hold the position while the board conducts a national search for the next president.

Fritz will be the first woman to lead the university since the system was created 51 years ago.

Fritz grew up on a farm outside Lincoln and continues to farm near Crete. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees as well as a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She joined the university as an instructor in 1989 and has held various positions, including executive vice president and provost.

She and the board agreed she wouldn't be a candidate for the permanent position of president.