The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, December 16, 1968, Page PAGE 3, Image 3

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    MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1968
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Clifford Hardin takes a leave of absence...
Hardin's leave approved;
Hobson acting chancellor
by Julie Morris
Nebraskan Staff Writer
The University Regents
Friday granted Chancellor
Clifford Hardin a requested
one-year leave of absence and
stated that they are "not
seeking a new Chancellor."
The Regents named Vice
Chancellor Merk Hobson ac
ting chancellor. Hardin, the
new United States Secretary
of Agriculture, was named
professor of agricultural
economics and granted the
year's leave without pay
beginning Jan. 20, 1969.
THE LEAVE may be ex
tended indefinitely by the
Regents at the end of the first
year. Hardin said a
determinatinnon that "will
have to be made later."
The Regents also moved to
change their bylaws to of
ficially legalize appointment
of an acting chancellor for the
University. They set Satur
day, Jan. 11 as the date for a
public hearing on that pro
posed change.
The Regents' action came
over the objections of some
faculty and students and
words of disapproval from
Governor Norbert Tiemann.
At least one group of
faculty members met last
week to consider expressing
public concern about the
possible ill effects of a
"chancelloi -in-absentia."
that the University should
hire a permanent successor
for Hardin. "A four-year
period is too long for an ac
ting chancellor," Tiemann
Hardin said of public
criticism of his request for a
leave, "I have to leave this to
the judgement of the
Regents President Dr. B. X.
Greenberg said, "I haven't
heard a dissenting remark
about the matter."
In a prepared statement
read by Greenberg, the
Regents said. "We are pleas
ed to make clear that the
University is not seeking a
new chancellor. We are very
glad Chancellor Hardin in
tends to continue with the
University and we are
following customary pro
cedure and granting him a
one-year leave of absence
without pay precisely the
same way wc grant leaves to
other members of the
post, Hardin said he was first
contacted about the job Dec.
1. He said President-elect
Richard Xixon "is aware of"
Hardin'g request for a one
year leave of absence.
The Regents also reshuffled
several other top University
administrators to complete
the new administrative
alignment. Those changes:
G. Robert Ross named
corporation secretary to the
Board of Regents, title
changed to vice chancellor for
student programs and dean of
student affairs.
G e n e B u d i g, admini
strative assistant to the
chancellor, given additional
appointment as assistant
corporation secretary.
Cecil Wittson, dean of the
College of Medicine, named
president of the University
Medical Center.
Robert Kugel. chairman
of the University department
of pediatrics, named dean of
the College of Medicine.
of vice chancellor for
academic affairs. He is past
dean of the College of
Engineering and Architecture
and past vice chancellor of
the Graduate College.
The university now has two
vacant administrative posi
tions, executive Dean of the
Graduate College and Dean of
Hardin is the third
Nebraskan to be named a
member of a President's
Friday's Regents meeting
included several laudatory
speeches for the Chancellor
by members of the board. A
red-and-wbite ''Welcome
Home Cliff" banner hung
over the conference table.
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The University Board of Regents:
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John Gordon Elliott, 74, Scottsbluff- banker and insurance man.
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Regents President Dr. Ben Norton Greenberg,
65, York physician.
Richard L. Herman, 48, Omaha trucking executive.
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1-Cobert L. Raun, 40, Norman farmer and livestock feeder.
As a general rule, every executive function should be
the appointed duty of some given individual. It should he
apparent to all the world, who did everything, and through
whese default anything was left undone. Boards, therefore
are not a fit instrument' for executive business . . .
John Stuart Mill
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Edward Schwartzkopf, 49, Lincoln educator.