UNK faculty members selected for systemwide leadership development program

Four University of Nebraska at Kearney faculty members were selected to participate in a systemwide program that aims to develop the next generation of higher education leaders.

The University of Nebraska’s “Developing Excellence in Academic Leaders” (NU DEAL) program, sponsored by the Office of the President together with the system provost and campus chief academic officers, offers an intensive two-year curriculum that helps participants develop their leadership skills, expand their networks, and explore key issues and challenges facing NU and higher education. NU DEAL launched last fall with an inaugural class of 16 fellows representing the four university campuses, and another 16 fellows were added this year.

The 2023-25 NU DEAL fellows from UNK are:

  • Brooke Envick, associate dean of faculty and strategic initiatives, College of Business and Technology
  • Julie Lanz, associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Frank Tenkorang, chair of accounting, finance and economics, College of Business and Technology
  • Melissa Wuellner, associate professor of biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Over the course of the program, the fellows will hear presentations from University of Nebraska System representatives and members of the Board of Regents, visit each NU campus to engage with senior leaders, and discuss timely higher education topics such as strategic planning, philanthropy, finances, facilities and infrastructure, academic leadership and opportunities and challenges related to teaching, learning and research.

Applications for the 2024-26 cohort of the NU Deal fellows will open next spring. More information about the program is available here.