LINCOLN — Robert Schafer, an attorney, farmer and Nebraska Air Guard member from Beatrice, will be the newest member of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.
Gov. Dave Heineman announced his appointment Wednesday. Schafer, 45, will represent the District 5 seat in the southeastern portion of the state.
He replaces Lavon Heidemann, who resigned from the board to become lieutenant governor.
Schafer is an attorney and managing partner at Carlson, Schafer and Davis, a law firm in Beatrice. His practice focuses on agricultural law, banking and corporate law, estate planning, probate, real estate law and taxation.
He was previously an associate attorney for Stehlik Law Office in Pawnee City.
He also owns and operates a farm in Pawnee City, owns cattle and is a member and director of a swine operation in Iowa.
He is a major and Staff Judge Advocate for the Nebraska Air Guard's 155th Air Refueling Wing. He served in the Army National Guard from 1985 to 2005 and has been in the Air Guard since 2005.
Schafer earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a law degree from NU.
Because he was appointed, Schafer will have to run in 2014 to keep the seat for the remainder of the six-year term.
Schafer was one of 16 people who applied for the post.
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