Curt Carlson
Vice Chancellor for University Relations, 308.865.8529

Curt Carlson, vice chancellor for University Relations at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, today announced a new roster of membership for the Frank House Advisory Board. 

“The mission of the group is to inform, advise and support UNK in the preservation, programming, development and public presentation of the G.W. Frank House,”  Carlson said.

“UNK is committed to preserving and enhancing this wonderful community, university and national treasure,” Carlson added. “The Advisory Group’s contributions will be critical to meeting this commitment.”

The mansion, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1889 as George Washington Frank’s third mansion. Built of red Colorado sandstone, it features a 10-foot Tiffany stained glass window and six fireplaces. Restoration of the mansion has been an on-going project since 1972. 

“Our vision is a fully restored Frank House–known, visited and valued by generations as the national treasure it is,” Carlson said. 

The advisory board consists of five permanent members, and between five and 10 members appointed by the vice chancellor for University Relations, with the approval of UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen. 

The five permanent members, based on the positions they currently hold, include Carlson, who will chair the group; KrisAnn Sullivan, director of the G.W. Frank House; Jon Abegglen, vice president of the University of Nebraska Foundation, Kearney Office; and Bobbie McKenzie, president of the Friends of the Frank House. Friends of the Frank House is an organization of volunteers who support the mission of the mansion through fund-raising and other services. 

Appointed members serving on the board include: Carol Cope of Kearney, a supporter of the mansion and civic leader; Audrey Kauders, director of the Museum of Nebraska Art; Jane Smith of Kearney, a supporter of the mansion; Barbara Johnson, vice chancellor for Business and Finance; Dr. Francis Harrold, dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences; Lee McQueen, director of Facilities Management & Planning; Jennifer Murrish, director and curator of Trails and Rails Museum; Rick Moses, youth advocate, coach and employee with Nebraska  Health and Human Services; Kay Liang of Kearney, a city planner for Hastings; and Margaret Brown of Kearney, who lived in the mansion when her father was director of the State Hospital for the Tuberculous. 

Members will serve one-year terms, from July 1 to June 30.