Nebraska's state higher ed agency can't afford to hire new director
- Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, the agency charged with overseeing the state's higher education policy, must postpone its search for a new executive director because it doesn't have enough money in its budget.
- The agency has requested $72,000 from the state's Legislature to fund a search committee and salary bump to replace previous director Marshall Hill, who resigned in August for a position with a Colorado organization focused on making distance education more accessible across state lines.
- The agency faced a similar issue when it hired Hill in 2005.
The Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education explains the issue by saying that the costs associated with the search and hiring process are unplanned. Nebraska's Legislature isn't in session again until January and likely won't decide on the request until March. Until then, the agency will continue to be led by interim Executive Director Carna Pfeil.
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