Nebraska regent Hawks says he won’t seek 4th term on board

January 21, 2020 GMT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A University of Nebraska Board of Regents member has decided not to seek another six-year term.

Howard Hawks made the announcement Monday. He was first elected in 2002 to represent District 2, which includes part of Douglas County and nearly all of Sarpy County.

“Nearly 20 years ago, I ran for regent because I believe Nebraska’s economic future is directly linked to a strong university system,” Hawks said.

The founder and chairman of the energy company Tenaska, Hawks said his goal was to implement a strategic plan for the four-campus university system, particularly in how it funded capital projects and developed its budget, while keeping tuition affordable.

Hawks, 84, has been a major university donor, leading several fundraising campaigns.

A possible replacement, Omaha attorney Mike Kennedy, announced Jan. 9 that he was seeking election to the system’s governing board. Kennedy is a member of the Millard Public Schools board and the Metropolitan Community College board.