University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Chancellor Joanne Li, Ph.D., CFA, today announced a series of Office of Business and Finance updates that will support the unit’s mission consisting in ensuring sound management of financial resources, infrastructure and human resources.
Jim Kamm appointed acting UN vice-chancellor for business and finance
Jim Kamm, who has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Business and Finance at the UN since 2019, will serve as the University’s Acting Vice-Chancellor for Business and Finance from now. In this interim role, Kamm will oversee all budgetary, financial, operational and administrative services in support of the Chancellor. Organizational units hosted under Business and Finance include accounting services; Auxiliary services; Budget; Business systems technology; Cash and student accounts; Compliance; Management and planning of facilities; Grant accounting; Human ressources; UN Public Security; and the Office of Risk Management.
“Overseeing the business mission of an ambitious university like the UN requires exceptional organizational skills, a problem-solver mindset and an enthusiasm for the future,” said Li. “Jim Kamm possesses each of these qualities and much more, which makes him the ideal person to lead this finance unit during a period of transition. “
A nationwide search for a full-time vice-chancellor for business and finance is underway. The research committee is chaired by the Dean of the College of Business Administration, Michelle Trawick, and includes representatives from the UN, the Omaha community and the University of Nebraska system.
Chris Kabourek – Vice President of Business and Finance, University of Nebraska System
Jennifer Hamann – Chief Financial Officer, Union Pacific
Jim Smith – Executive Director, Blueprint Nebraska
John Bartle – Dean, UN College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Susan Eldridge – Associate Dean for Faculty, Research and Planning, UNO College of Business Administration
Sara Myers – Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Research and Creative, UN Office for Research and Creative
Denise Kjeldgaard – Director of Auxiliary Services, UN Office of Affairs and Finance
Drew Nielsen – Chief Compliance Officer, UN Office of Affairs and Finance
Makayla McMorris – Head of Communications and Marketing Office, UNO University Communications
Prior to joining UNO, Kamm had an accomplished career in the financial services industry, including corporate banking, holding executive positions at Nebraska-based banks. He is an alumnus of the UNO, received his MBA in 1994 and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also completed the Stonier Graduate School of Banking program at Georgetown University and previously served as an assistant instructor at the College of Business Administration.
Steven Kerrigan appointed UN Deputy Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Aileen Warren to focus on UNMC role
Steven Kerrigan, who is currently the Director of Labor Relations for the Omaha Public Food District (OPPD), will assume the role of Deputy Vice Chancellor of Human Resources for the UN on December 6. He has held his current position at the OPPD since 2015. and has over 20 years of professional experience in the areas of law, labor relations and human resources. He is a native of Omaha and a graduate of the NU system, obtaining both his JD and BA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Aileen Warren, who holds a dual post of Associate Vice-Chancellor and Director of Human Resources at the UN and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) since July 2020, will step down and focus on the duties of UNMC. Li congratulated Kerrigan and thanked Warren for his support at the UN.
“Leading human resources for two campuses is a tough job, but Aileen Warren seized the opportunity with her passion for people and her commitment to the UN mission. She has helped set the tone for leadership and organization in Human Resources and I cannot thank her enough for her service, ”said Li.“ Steve Kerrigan will bring to Human Resources a unique set of skills, knowledge and skills. experiences that will help us capitalize on new opportunities and meet all challenges. Our institution and the thousands of non-conformists who work and grow up here will benefit greatly from his leadership. “