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Melvin Ceorge, dean of the UNL College of Arts and Sciences, is leaving his post to become
vice president of academic affairs at the University of Missouri.
George accepts Missouri jol
Melvin George, Dean of the UNL College of
Arts and Sciences, announced Friday he will
leave his post July 1 to become vice president for
academic affairs at the University of Missouri.
George said he could turn down the
opportunity to be chief adviser for the
four-campus system at Missouri. The Missouri
campuses are at Columbia, St. Louis, Kansas
City, and Rolla.
lie said the four-campus system is similar in
form to the three NU campuses: UNL, University
of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of
Nebraska Medical Center. But, he said, Missouri's
system is larger.
In the new position George will be chief
advisei to C. Bricc Ratchford, President of the
University of Missouri, on matters relating to the
university budget and review and evaluation of
the present Missouri four-campus system.
George said he regrets leaving Nebraska and
described the UNL facility as the hardest
working faculty he has ever worked with. He said
he hoped the state recognizes the benefits that
the university has for the state and its people.
In his new position at Missouri, George will
succeed Dr. Paul Nagel, who left the vice
president's post to return to his teaching
assignment in the history department at
Columbia. Robert II. McFarland, dean of the
graduate school at the Rolla campus, has been
acting vice president for academic affairs since
George, 39, has been dean of the UNL College
of Arts and Sciences since 1970. He has for the
last year been on leave of absence to serve as vice
president of academic affairs of the State
University of Nebraska (SUN).
During the last year, George has planned four
SUN courses: Accounting I, Introductory
Psychology, Consumer Experience and Making It
George was a .member of the University of
Missouri mathematics department from 1960 to
1970, associate chairman of the department from
1966-67 and associate dean of the graduate
school from 1967 to 1969.
No successor has yet been named for UNL
Arts and Sciences position.
Pub Board CSL roles hazy
By Susie Reitz
According to the NU Board of Regents'
proposed bylaws "student publications at UNL
shall be managed by a standing committee of the
Council on Student Life (CSL) called the
Student Publications Committee."
The regents did not approve the proposed
bylaws at their February meeting. Publications
Committee Chairman Kelley Baker plans to
request a change removing the "standing
committee of CSL" status.
The Publications Committee, also called Pub
Board, is the publisher of the Daily Nebraskan
and formerly published the Cornhusker
yearbook, Baker said.
The Pub Board consists of a chairperson, five
student members, two faculty members and two
Student members are nominated by AS UN
and appointed by CSL. Faculty Senate appoints
the faculty members and the chancellor appoints
Student press studied
In 1972, a committee headed by Prof. Neale
Copple, director of the UNL School of
Journalism, studied the role of the student press
at UNL and drew up "Guidelines for the Student
Press," based on the first amendment of the U.S.
Constitution and on the canons of the American
Society of Newspaper Editors.
"I think I speak for the whole committee
(which drew up the guidelines) when I say we
intended that Pub Board be autonomous,
responsible to no group," Copple said.
He said the regents should not influence
policy once they had delegated policy-making
responsibility to the Pub Board, as long as Pub
Board operates ethically and legally.
"The regents would have the ultimate legal
responsibility if there were a lawsuit against the
paper, because the publishing responsibilities are
theirs legally." Baker said. The Daily Nebraskan
has never been sued, he added.
Responsibility can be given
The regents have the power to delegate the
responsibility of publishing the Daily Nebraskan
to a publication committee, according to
"Guidelines for the Student Press."
Continued on pg. 7
Editor's note: This is the second of three articles examining
proposals to merge the technical community college system with
the state colleges andor NU.
Neither the state nor technical college presidents questioned
Thursday approval of LB128, the bill that would merge the state
college and technical school systems.
Thomas Colgate, president of the Faculty Senate at Chadron
State College (CSC), said a committee was set up to study three
possibilities: a state-technical college merger, a state-NU merger, or
simply having the systems remain as they are.
"We didn't come up with a specific recommendation," Colgate
The committee studied 20 different aspects of the possible
mergers plans and present system, comparing such areas as
admissions standards and the effect on students at the local leve,
"There isn't any clear cut choice," he said. "We're all fighting
for the same tax dollar."
The State Normal Board requiested reactions from faculty
members, students, and citizens at Chadron State College to the
three alternatives, he said.
The faculty voted to oppose LB128, calling its provisions
"undesirable," he said. The faculty stated that the educational
goals and philosophy of the state college system tie is closer to NU
than the technical college system.
The CSC faculty also called for a comprehensive study to be
done on post-secondary education before action is taken, he said.
"The faculty was opposed to a bill with no foresight " Colgate
said. "The governor has appointed a commission to study this.
They ought to do something about it."
Present system preferred
Colgate said the faculty thought that the maintenance of the
present system is for now the most realistic choice because of
uncertainties connected with the various mergers.
Bob Kladcnes, campus director of Milford Technical
Community College (MTCC) said the technical schools prefer to
keep the area concept of control.
- From 1941 to 1973, the Department of Education governed the
school, he said. In July of 1973, MTCC came under local control,
supported by a local mill levy and state support. In June of 1974,
the State Supreme Court ruled that the local mill levy used to
support the school was unconstitutional, he said. From that period,
until June 30 of 1975, the school will be 100 per cent
"This is why the current legislation (LB344) is being
considered," Kladcnes said. "We want the area-based schools to
comply with the court's ruling and be able to maintain their area
MTCC serves a 15-county area in Southeast Nebraska, he said.
Those at the technical schools do not favor a merger with the
state college system, he said.
Difference in systems
"The missions of the two systems are different," he said. "The
state colleges are more oriented to the liberal arts, while the
technical schools are highly oriented to vocational training."
Douglas Pearson, President of Peru State College (PSC).said he
has not received enough information to make a judgment on the
"We want to have enough information to be certain that our
academic integrity is preserved," he said. "I am proud of our
program and wan! to do what is best for the coiiege."
But he said he thought the students and faculty prefer to have
the system remain as it is, he said.
If a merger was to take place, PSC would prefer to merge with
the NU system, Pearson said. -
"We feel our educational philosophy is more aligned with the
university," he said.
The Legislature's Appropriations
Committee will look at the NU systems
office, Areas of Excellence and Gov. J.
James Exon's proposal for granting the
NU Board of Regents authority to
determine how the NU budget is spent,
when it begins four days of public hearing
on the NU budget today.
Exon has requested a $71 million
budget for the university, the Legislative
fiscal analyst has asked for a $74.6
million NU budget and NU President D.B.
Varrier has requested an $86.3 million
State Sen. Richard Marvel, of Hastings,
committee chairman, said the committee
is spending four days instead of the usual
two in hearing the budget because NU
spends a major porton
"Secondly, I'm more interested in
education," he said.
He said the committee will look into
whether the NU systems office is needed
because "when the merger took place we
never considered having to have one."
Another area Marvel said the
committee would look into is the NU
Areas of Excellence-academic areas
which receive extra financing to improve
the qualities of their programs.
"We appropriate money, at least
theoretically, to certain departments as
one way to raise the juahty of
education," he said. "We want to find out
how the. money is spent. The governor
isn't interested in this. He obviously isn't
interested in upgrading the quality of
Exon's budget proposal for the
university would grant the NU Board of
Regents the authority to determine how
money is spent.
Marvel said he opposes this and f.hat it
is "unconstitutional because if delegates
away all legal legislative authority."
This afternoon the committee will
look at the UNO campus budget.
Tuesday, it will examine the UNL
campus budget, Wednesday UNMC, and
Thursday the university-wide, or systems
budget, along with financing for the State
University of Nebraska and the
educational television network, NETV.
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