Community welcome to UNO for Jeffrey Gold investiture


Grant Rohan
News Editor

UNO Chancellor Jeffrey Gold. Photo by Kamrin Baker/the Gateway

Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., will be ceremonially inducted as the thirteenth chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) next month.

Dr. Gold’s investiture ceremony will take place Thursday, Sept. 5 at 2:30 p.m. in UNO’s Strauss Performing Arts Center, followed by a reception immediately after in the Milo Bail Student Center. The investiture is open to all UNO faculty, staff, students and the community at large. Parking will be open on campus to accommodate the number of visitors.

An academic tradition, investiture ceremonies welcome a new leader into a new era and allow them to celebrate with the community as a whole. Dr. Gold’s investiture will coincide with UNO’s annual State of the University Address, which highlights recent achievements, while discussing challenges and the future of the university in the coming year.

UNO alumnus and former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will deliver a keynote address, alongside other civic leaders. Other speakers include: Jean Stothert, Omaha mayor; Michael Yanney, chairman emeritus of The Burlington Capital Group, LLC; Susan Fritz, interim president of the University of Nebraska; Tim Clare, NU regent; Laura Grams, UNO philosophy chair; Steven Summers, director of the Thompson Alumni Center; Aya Yousuf, student regent; and Chris Denney, alumni board chair.

Remarks shared by the guest speakers will all have the theme of “Access to Exceptional.”

“This idea – access for everyone to an exceptional education, scholarship and community engagement – is what has guided our institution to great success and will usher us into what will surely be an extraordinary future,” Dr. Gold said. “I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to continue to serve an institution that transforms lives through education, research and service.”

Dr. Gold has led UNO forward since the spring of 2017, in addition to his role as chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. UNO has celebrated progress and achievements under Gold’s tenure, including continued growth of graduation rates, expansion of academic programs and facilities, research growth and collaborations with UNMC and the whole university system to create efficiencies and opportunities.