LINCOLN — Sixteen people have applied for the University of Nebraska Board of Regents seat that LaVon Heidemann vacated when he was named lieutenant governor.
The applicants include former State Sen. Roger Wehrbein of Plattsmouth as well as Mike Jones, a David City insurance agency owner who ran unsuccessfully for the seat last November.
It may be “a few weeks” before Gov. Dave Heineman makes a decision, given the number of applications, said spokeswoman Jen Rae Hein. His appointee would serve at least through 2014, when an election would be held for the remainder of the six-year term.
After serving two terms in the Nebraska Legislature, Heidemann was elected to the Board of Regents in November. He spent about a month on the unpaid, nonpartisan governing board before Heineman named him lieutenant governor. He replaced Rick Sheehy, who resigned amid allegations that he misused his state-issued cellphone.
Other applicants for the regents seat:
» Janice Bostelman, a professional engineer and farmer from Brainard
» Craig Buescher, a farmer from South Bend
» Leon Deunk, a Cortland business owner
» Steve Glenn, a business owner from Pawnee City
» Sara York Kenney, a retired accounting professional from Eagle
» Susan Meyerly, a speaker, author and therapist from Lincoln
» Janet A. Palmtag, a real estate broker from Nebraska City
» George Pinkerton, a landscape maintenance director from Beatrice
» Mike Powers, a draftsman from Palmyra
» Barton Dean Ruth, a farm owner and operator from Rising City
» Robert M. Schafer, a lawyer, farmer and National Guard member from Beatrice
» Ben Steffen, a dairy and grain producer from Humboldt
» Bradley Worman, an agricultural bank loan officer from Nelson
» Susan Wurtele, an educator from Plattsmouth
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