UNL chancellor highlights school progress during visit to Minden

UNL chancellor highlights school progress during visit to Minden

College students are getting ready to go back to school, but before summer is officially over one chancellor is making his way through Nebraska to get to know the communities.

"what we believe and know is that this university is your university," said University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) chancellor Ronnie Green.

Green says UNL is one of the fastest growing research universities in the United States with the last academic school year being its third straight year of record enrollment.

"I think it's a combination of the excellence of the university and people wanting to come to the university and the increasing demand for college educated graduates in the fields," Green said.

He said he also expects this upcoming school year to continue breaking enrollment records.

"I think it's the big 10. It's been a big boost for UNL since we came about seven years. That's increased and the attractiveness of people wanting to come to the university," Green said.

One local farmer said chancellor Green's visit is exactly what the community of Minden needed.

"There's an awful amount of people in Minden who've gone there over the year and we have a lot of students there. We always want to know what is going on over there. More with the football program, but in other areas too,” said Minden farmer Kevin Raun.

An extension educator in attendance also said she's glad to see all the university has done for the agriculture industry.

"It's an honor to be part of extension and to know we are being represented in every county in Nebraska and we do a lot for the communities of Nebraska while UNL does a lot for the education for our students," said UNL extension educator Susan Harris-Broomfield.

With the 150th anniversary of the university this upcoming February, Green said he looks forward to the future and what more progress can be made.

Green's stop in Minden was not his only stop in Central Nebraska.

On Tuesday, he also made stops in Hastings and Lexington.

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