NU Presidential Finalists

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The University of Nebraska Presidential Search Committee Friday announced the names of four finalists to replace the retiring L. Dennis Smith.

After an emergency meeting in Lincoln, the committee announced the finalists are former Lt. Gov. Kim Robak, U.S. Strategic Command Commander Admiral Jim Ellis of Omaha, University of Maine President Peter Hoff and University of North Carolina Senior Vice President James Milliken.

Kim M. Robak:
-Vice President for External Affairs and Corporation Secretary, University of Nebraska
1999 to present
-Instructor of Politics, Public Information and Media Relations for the College of Journalism and Mass Communications University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Fall Semester 2002
-Lt. Gov. of the State of Nebraska
1993 to 1999
-Chief of Staff to Gov. Ben Nelson
1992 to 1993
-Legal Counsel to Gov. Ben Nelson
1991 to 1992
-Associate and Partner Rembolt Ludtke Parker and Berger Law Firm in Lincoln
1985 to 1991
-Summer Associate Steptoe and Johnson Law Firm in Washington, D.C.
-Summer Associate at Cooley Godward Castro Huddleson and Tatum
-Law Clerk at Cline Williams Wright Johnson and Oldfather
-Teacher at Irving Junior High in Lincoln
1979 to 1982

Kim Robak received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1977. She did her graduate work in Communication Studies at UNL and her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Kim Robak is 48 years old. She was born in Columbus, Nebraska and is married to William J. Mueller. She has two daughters.

James O. Ellis:
-Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Offut Air Force Base, Omaha
2001 to present
-Commander U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Southern Europe
1998 to 2001
-Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy and Operations in Washington, D.C.
1996 to 1998

James Ellis received his Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his Master of Science in Aeronautical Systems from the University of West Florida. He received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy.

Peter Sloat Hoff:
-President of the University of Maine
1997 to present
-Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at California State University
1993 to 1997
-Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University System of Georgia
1990 to 1993
-Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Indiana University Southeast
1987 to 1990
-Administrative positions in the University of Wisconsin System
1970 to 1987

Peter Sloat Hoff received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1970. He received a Masters degree in English from Stanford University in 1968. He received a Ph. D. in English and Humanities from Stanford University in 1970.

Peter Sloat Hoff is married to Dianne L. Hoff and has three children.

James B. Milliken:
-Senior Vice President for University Affairs at the University of North Carolina
2003 to present
-Senior Vice President for University Affairs and Vice President for Public Affairs and University Advancement at the University of North Carolina
1998 to 2003
-Vice President for External Affairs at the University of Nebraska
1993 to 1998
-Corporation Secretary at the University of Nebraska
1990 to 1998
-Executive Assistant to the President at the University of Nebraska
1988 to 1992
-Professor in the Department of Education Administration and the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1996 to 1998
-Attorney at Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft in New York, New York
1983 to 1988
-Law Clerk at Pro Se Clerk's Office, U.S. District Court, New York
-Legal Aid Society, Civil Division, Chelsea Neighborhood Branch, New York
-Legislative Assistant to Nebraska Congresswoman Virginia Smith
1979 to 1980

James Milliken graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1979. He received his law degree from New York University School of Law in 1983.

James Milliken is 47 years old, married to Nana G. H. Smith and has three children.