BY TIM BRUSNAHAN, LINCOLN EXECUTIVE CLUB for Neighborhood Extra
Life is full of surprises, and University of Nebraska President Ted Carter loves it. He didn’t want it to be any other way. Carter has faced drastic changes in his life and career, which have recently included new professional challenges and the impact of a global pandemic.
“Like many of our lives, there are a lot of surprises. Things are happening. We just don’t know how or why they happen, ”Carter said in her first Executive Club appearance on Monday during her weekly lunch at the Hilton Garden Inn in the Haymarket area.
In early October 2019, Carter was about to start a new job at a Washington DC-based tech company when he received a call regarding an education opportunity in the Heartland. Carter said he and his wife, Lynda, knew little about Nebraska and how he might fit into a public college.
But, he said, “The more I read, the more I love.”
Carter was referring to the leadership pillars of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents for the post of UN President and how he could take on the nine elements listed to ensure the University’s success. When he and his wife walked through the pillars and thought about how he might tick the boxes, they were excited about the possibilities.
“When we read what was put in the nine pillars, we said ‘Wow’ they really want an agent of change. They want someone not necessarily from Nebraska, but someone to really lead. this university, “said Carter, a native of Burrillville, Rhode Island.” I did my homework. “