Attorney General Jon Bruning Thursday ordered the University of Nebraska presidential search committee to release names and records of public interviews with an expanded list of finalists.
Bruning sharply disagreed with the university, which argued candidates who met earlier with a search committee at a Kansas City hotel and one in Omaha were not considered finalists. The university therefore believed the "informal" meetings did not require public release of the candidate names.
Bruning said, "The practical and common sense conclusion is that the meetings with the eight applicants were interviews."
Bruning says that made the applicants finalists and therefore the committee must make records of those interviewed public.
Bruning reviewed the university's decision following a request by The Associated Press, the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha World-Herald and Omaha television station WOWT. The media argued that NU violated Nebraska's open meetings laws.
Bruning's response comes several days after the university made public the names of four candidates it said are finalists for the president's job.