The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 28, 1994, Page 3, Image 3

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of business advisory councils for all
colleges in the NU system.
Those councils would seek input
from Nebraska businesses when de
veloping the curriculum for their re
spective colleges,he said. Those busi
nesses would help the councils de
velop programs and courses for their
col leges that are tai lored to Nebraska
business needs, he said.
Business advisory councils would
benefit both Nebraska businesses and
university graduates, Miller said.
Many university graduates cannot
get jobs with Nebraska businesses,
because their education was not tai
lored to the needs of those businesses,
he said. If university programs were
tailored to those needs, graduates
would be able to ^et jobs in Nebraska.
As a result, business growth would
occur in Nebraska, he said.
“It’s a win-win situation,’’ he said.
UNO engineering
Miller said he supported the cre
ation of a second engineering pro
gram at the University of Nebraska at
Omaha. Creation of a second college
at UNO would promote business
growth in the Omaha area, he said.
But, he said, he is not in favor of
duplicating the University of Ne
braska-Lincoln’s engineering pro
gram at UNO.
Miller said he also supported the
idea of a strong university president.
The university should be treated as a
system, he said, not as four separate
“I don’t like the idea of feuding
campuses,” he said. ‘‘We need to move
away from that.”
He said the university also should
look beyond the system to other insti
tutions of higher education, public or
private, in the state.
For example, he said, if Peru State
College has the best history professor
in Nebraska, the professor’s courses
should be available to university stu
dents via electronic technology.
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She said the regents should sup
port the leadership of the campus chan
cellors and Smith.
“That is not to say that we should
be a rubber stamp,” she said. “We
should be promoters and partnership
builders for the university. Our role is
to be advocates for the university.”
The regents should help build part
nerships between the university, the
Legislature and the governor, she said.
The regents also should try to build
partnerships between the university
and other states, she said.
But Hoch said the board should not
try to micromanage the university.
“It’s important for the Board of
Regents to serve as a policy board, not
as administrators or managers or to
involve themselves in micromanaging
at a campus or system levelshe said.
Hoch would not say whether she
thought the university should create a
second engineering college at the
University of Nebraska at Omaha.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln
currently has NU’s sole engineering
However, she praised Smith for
setting up an engineering task force to
study the issue. The task force is cre
ating an engineering education plan
for Nebraska.
“In an increasingly technical
world,” she said, “as a state, we need
to make engineering education a pri
ority in order to continue to develop
our economic base.
“But, it’s important to remember
that there are many areas in which we
have to continue to grow.”
Hoch said she also was pleased by
Smith’s new approach to handling the
NU budget. Smith announced earlier
this year that he would take control of
the budget by overviewing the needs
of each campus and communicating
those needs to the Legislature.
Hoch said she was proud of the
progress that the uni versity had made
in the past seven years.
“Certainly we have a lot of prob
lems to solve and challenges to meet,
but you can point to any campus and
find great progress,” she said.
Hoch, a Nebraska City native, attended the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln for two years before
transferring to the Unverslty of Kansas In Lawrence,
where she earned her bachelor's degree in political
science and International relations.
She Is currently the president of River Country
Industrial Development Corporation of Nebraska City
and Otoe County. Hoch serves on the board of
directors for the Nebraska Community Foundation and
Is president of the State Preservation Coundl. She
also Is a member of the Nebraska Economic
Developers Association.
Hoot also is one of two advisers to the National
Trust for Historic Preservation from Nebraska and is a
trustee for the Nebraska State Historical Society
More she became a regent, Hoch served on
several university boards, Including the President's
Advisory Council, the University of Nebraska Medical
Center Board of Counselors and the University of
Nebraska Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Hoch also was the Republican nominee for the
U.S. Senate In 1984 and a candidate for governor in
Miller, a Lincoln native, received his bachelor's
degree In history and international affairs from the Air
Force Academy In Colorado Springs, Colo. He went
on to earn a master's degree and a doctorate's
degree, both In public policy, from Harvard University.
He also has taken business courses at the
University of Nebraska-Uncoln and the University of
Nebraska at Omaha.
Miller has served as an Intelligence officer In the Air
Force at the Strategic Air Command headquarters
located at Offutt Air Force Base In Sarpy County.
Alter leaving active duty In 1987, Miller, who
resides near PapiMon, joined ConAgra as a manager
In corporate planning and development.
Milter also serves as chairman of the Sarpy County
Board of Commissioners. He also has been an
adjunct faculty member at the University of Nebraska,
teaching mostly pubic administration courses, and
has been a member of the advisory committee for the
Nebraska Technical Assistance Center at UNL for
several years.
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