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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (March 12, 1975)
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By Gina Hills
Throughout his life, William C. Erskine always lived where he
could see mountains or the ocean, but in 1974, he came to Lincoln
where the only oceans were in paintings and the only mountains
were in his imagination.
And he said 'ie "kind of misses" those sights too. But Erskine
came here to become NU executive vice president for
administration, and he said he likes it.
Before he came to Lincoln though, he was vice president for
business affairs at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Prior to
that, he was comptroller at the University of Washington for six
Erskine said he was visited in 1973 by NU President D. B.
Varner who asked him to consider accepting the position.
"Varner seemed to know pretty well what kind of an
organization he had here. lie knew where he was going and that
really impressed me," Erskine said.
"This position represented an elevation for me. . .It provided a
promotion, it provided increased pay and I liked President Varner
because he has a great deal of appeal," he said.
So Erskine accepted the position and said he's never regretted it.
As executive vice president for administration, Erskine
coordinates the business functions of the university system.
"I am the chief financial officer and it's my responsibility to
make sure we're financially sound and that we report properly to '
the regents and the state," he said.
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William C. Erskine, NU vice president for administration
Erskine said he meets every few weeks with the system's three
vice chancellors for business and finance in order to "make sure
everything is on the same wave length."
He said he also meets with other administrators when Varner
calls a meetin? of the 'Big 6'. Actually, there arc seven included in
the meeting; the president, three chancellors and the three vice
presidents, he said.
In addition, Erskine keeps in close contact with his two assistant
vice presidents, Glen Smith and Winn Sanderson.
Smith "monitors business policies rather closely and is
principally responsible for the unified accounting system of the
university," Erskine said.
Sanderson on the other hand, "coordinates the promulgation of
the university's request budget," he said. Sanderson also oversees
the development and summation of the operation budget, he
Although Erskine doesn't draw up the budget for the individual
campuses, he said he is responsible for helping develop budget
guidelines that must be followed.
"In this office, we moniter the thing to see that the guidelines
have been followed and that we're all together and know what each
other is doing," he said. "This way, when we go to the regents we
know that what we're telling them is correct."
In addition, if the budget is lump-sum appropriated, Erskine
said he would act as a control .function.
"In that position, the chancellors. would have to work closely
with the president and regents in deeiding how money would be
allocated among the campuses," he said.
The university's computer network, which handles research,
instruction and administrative data processing, is another of
Work sometimes frustrating
But public speaking is usually left for the president, and Erskine
said he doesn't mind because he's "not really comfortable in the
When the university presented its budget to the Legislature's
Appropriation Committee for example, Varner did most of the
talking, but Erskine and his assistants were there in case the
president needed information.
And although Erskine spends most of his time working on
university matters, he said he likes to snow ski, swim and ride
horses in his spare time.
( Bui at times, he said he finds his work frustrating because
often you can spend a day or two days or a week, working with
people, trying to get something done, and you never see anything
Wednesday, february 12, 1975
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