OMAHA, Neb. -- History was made Thursday, as Joanne Li officially assumed the role of chancellor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Li becomes the 16th Chancellor to lead the UNO campus following unanimous confirmation by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. She is the first woman of color to serve in the role and the first Asian-American in the history of the University of Nebraska System to hold an executive leadership position.
In a message shared with the campus community on Thursday morning, Li said she intends to hit the ground running.
“What I have come to know as the Maverick Spirit is what inspired me to pursue the opportunity to be a part of this community many months ago,” Chancellor Li said. “It is also why I am eager to hit the ground running today as your chancellor to feed this energy, nurture it, and share it with the world.”
Li spent the past month as Chancellor-elect.
“I have learned so much over the past 30 days listening to students, faculty, staff, leadership, alumni, and this university’s many proud community partners, but this does not mean I will stop trying to learn more – I am a student at heart.”