Galen Hadley named Interim Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Chancellor Doug Kristensen

University of Nebraska at Kearney Chancellor Doug Kristensen has named Galen Hadley as interim Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, effective August 31. This appointment is subject to the approval of the Board of Regents. Hadley, a professor of accounting and former dean of the College of Business and Technology, will serve in this capacity until a national search is completed to replace James Roark. Roark resigned as Senior Vice Chancellor to return to teaching this fall.

"At a time when our university faces so many challenges, we are indeed fortunate to have an experienced, talented administrator like Galen Hadley available to fill this key academic position," said Chancellor Kristensen. "Respected by his peers, students and our Nebraska community, Galen is a strong advocate for academics. 

Hadley, a Nebraska native, joined UNK in August 1991 as dean for the College of Business and Technology.  In July 2001 he returned to the classroom to teach accounting. Prior to coming to UNK, Hadley served as interim dean of the School of Business at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He also served that institution as interim president, vice president for academic affairs, vice president for administration and university relations, and directed graduate programs for the School of Business.

Hadley expressed his pleasure at his appointment. "UNK represents the best of undergraduate higher education, and in spite of our many challenges right now, I am optimistic about the future. Together, with Chancellor Kristensen and our faculty and staff, I am excited about being a part of the process to move UNK to the next level."

Hadley earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an MBA in manpower management from the University of Colorado, and  a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Hadley's wife, Marilyn, serves as the dean of the College of Education. During the interim, Dean Hadley will report to the Chancellor. A national search for a permanent replacement will begin soon.