LINCOLN — Three weeks after saying he had no interest in becoming president of the University of Nebraska, Gov. Dave Heineman was less definitive about that Monday.
Heineman, who will leave office in a year due to term limits, declined to say Monday if still has no interest in the job, saying instead that he is focused on “doing my job” as governor.
“It takes every ounce of energy,” he told reporters on a teleconference call. “That's going to continue to be my focus.”
Three weeks ago, in an interview with The World-Herald, the Republican governor said he had no interest in becoming the president of the NU system or chancellor at one of its campuses, “even if they were open.”
But since then, NU President J.B. Milliken has announced that he will be leaving to take a job at the City University of New York.
On Monday, Heineman declined to say if he was sticking to his comment from three weeks ago about the now-open position.
Even before Milliken announced his resignation, there have been recurring rumors that Heineman would be the next president of NU.