LINCOLN – Dr. Susan Fritz has been named the interim president of the University of Nebraska.
She’ll take over on August 15th, 2019 after current President Hank Bounds leaves the job. Fritz is currently the executive vice president and provost, as well as dean of the graduate college.
Fritz acknowledged or long career with the University saying, “I have had an incredibly wonderful career, and it started 30 years ago as an instructor.”
Fritz stated she was approached two weeks ago about taking the role. In her response, Fritz stated “I had given it some thought, but the reality is was that I wasn’t putting my hopes on it so I was honored to be approached.” Fritz added that after her appointment, she will not be competing for the permanent spot as president.
Talking about her goals, Frits says she hopes to keep the momentum going. “Building relationships with the Capitol, philanthropic community, and with our citizens across the state. I hope to continue fundraising and to be relevant to the State and address workforce needs,” said Fritz.
UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green stated “I am looking forward to her strong and steady leadership during the transition period ahead.”
Regents President Tim Clare of Lincoln said Fritz is the perfect candidate since she knows the university inside out, and also will be the first female top administrator of the university.
She will begin serving as Interim President-Elect on June 1, 2019 through August 14th 2019. Fritz’s salary will be $540,000 a year.