Two top administrators, the vice chancellor for Business and Finance and the dean of Calvin T. Ryan Library, will be leaving the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus in July.
The resignations of Dr. Randy Haack, vice chancellor for Business & Finance, and Dr. Larry Hardesty, dean of the library, were announced by UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen.
Dr. Haack has resigned to accept the position of executive vice president and chief financial officer at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. He will begin his duties there on Aug. 1.
In his new position, Dr. Haack will lead and coordinate the fiscal and physical operation–including budget, business services, facilities management, student financial services, environmental health and safety contracts, and capital construction. In addition, he will serve as treasurer of the university board of trustees.
In making the announcements, Chancellor Kristensen noted: “Randy Haack’s tenure as vice chancellor for Business and Finance at UNK has been marked by many achievements. Perhaps the most visible are those which have fundamentally changed the face and dynamics of our physical campus, including renovation and expansion of the West Center and Nebraskan Student Union, construction of the College of Education Building, large projects to improve the infrastructure of Bruner Hall and Otto Olsen, construction of Cope Stadium, and a number of campus beautification projects, including Spillway Park.
“Others are equally important, and among those, I would especially highlight Dr. Haack’s role in helping us navigate a sustained period of budget stress between 2001 and 2004,” Chancellor Kristensen said. “While Randy’s many friends in the UNK and Kearney communities will miss him greatly, we of course extend to him, and to his family, our best wishes for further success in his professional endeavors.” Interim leadership arrangements have not yet been finalized.
Dr. Hardesty’s resignation is effective July 13. He will remain in the Kearney community and continue his work with a variety of professional and research activities. Associate Dean Janet Wilke will head library operations on a temporary basis until an interim dean is named.
“I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank Dr. Hardesty for his hard work and dedication to UNK,” Chancellor Kristensen said. “In a period of just two years, he has made a notable impact on improving student services, adopting innovative technology applications and establishing the popular Internet Cafe in Calvin T. Ryan Library.”