LINCOLN — The University of Nebraska will re-establish the practice of providing an official residence for its president.
The Board of Regents on Friday authorized its executive committee to work with NU Foundation officials to obtain a residence for the president and to end the practice of paying an annual housing allowance.
Foundation spokeswoman Dorothy Endacott said the action allows the foundation and the executive committee to begin house hunting. No decisions have been made about a suitable home, she said.
The proposal for an official residence was among several items given simultaneous approval in a single unanimous vote.
Also approved was a 2.3 percent pay increase for NU President J.B. Milliken, putting his annual salary at $420,758.
Milliken declined to discuss the housing proposal, saying it was a decision for the regents and the foundation.
For 30 years, NU presidents lived in an official residence owned by the foundation.
In 1995, however, then-President L. Dennis Smith chose instead to live in a home he purchased in southeast Lincoln. He continued to entertain in the official residence until the house burned in January 1996.
Many universities comparable to NU provide residences for their presidents, including most Big Ten members.
Since his hiring in 2004, Milliken has lived in a 5,965-square-foot house on a street of prestigious older homes in Lincoln. NU has paid him a $24,000-per-year housing allowance.
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