State Sen. Matt Williams running for University of Nebraska regent slot

LINCOLN, Neb. -- A central Nebraska state senator is running for an open seat on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents next year.

State Sen. Matt Williams, of Gothenburg, has served in the legislature the past seven years. He is ineligible to run again because of term limits. He's seeking to fill the seat of Regent Bob Phares of North Platte.

Phares has endorsed Williams and announced that he won't seek re-election in 2022.

Williams says that, if elected, he will demand transparence, push for strong public-private partnerships, support policies to retain students, and fight to keep the university's in-state tuition rates the lowest of all Big Ten institutions.