Gary Timm has joined the Coordinating Commission as its new chief finance and administrative officer. Timm comes to the Commission from the Department of Insurance, where he worked for 15 years. Prior to that, Timm worked for the State Auditor’s Office.
Timm earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Chadron State College. He is both a Certified Public Account (CPA) and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).
Timm fills the vacancy left by Dr. Carna Pfeil, who took over as the Commission’s interim executive director in September. Pfeil was associate director for finance and administration and has been with the Commission for more than 20 years.
Pfeil took over for Dr. Marshall Hill, who resigned in August to accept a position in Colorado.
Pfeil will serve as interim executive director until the Commission hires a replacement for Hill. The Commission has submitted a budget deficit request to help pay for the hiring process, which will include a national search. The Legislature and Governor will consider the request during the current Legislative session, which began Jan. 8.
Due to inclement weather in parts of the state, the Coordinating Commission has cancelled its work session scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Lincoln. The Commission’s regular meeting is still scheduled for Dec. 5.
The Coordinating Commission recently welcomed two new employees to its research staff.
Jill Heese is the commission’s new research coordinator. She comes to the commission from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she was a survey data analyst. Heese earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and master’s degree in Survey Research and Methodology, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
James Schiltz is the commission’s new data analyst. Prior to joining the commission, Schiltz worked at Iowa State University, where he was a research assistant for the Research Institute for Studies in Education. Schiltz earned his bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Iowa and master’s degree in History from Iowa State.
Heese and Schiltz are part of a three-person team at the commission that maintains extensive databases and regularly produces comprehensive reports on higher education issues in Nebraska. The coordinating commission is the only entity in the state that conducts such research.
The Coordinating Commission’s Ritchie Morrow recently met with White House officials in Washington, D.C., to discuss a variety of student financial aid issues, including those that may result from the potential re-authorization of the federal Higher Education Act.
Morrow, the commission’s financial aid coordinator, was part of a group representing the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP). Morrow is currently serving as president of NASSGAP, which funded the trip to D.C.
Morrow and the NASSGAP group met with James Kvaal, the deputy director of the White House’s Domestic Policy Council, and Ajita Talwalker, considered one of the White House’s top higher-education advisors.
Morrow administers the Access College Early scholarship program and the Nebraska Opportunity Grant. Combined, the two programs award more than $15 million annually to Nebraska students.
Coordinating Commission Vice Chair Riko Bishop of Lincoln has been appointed to the Nebraska Court of Appeals, 1st District. As a result, Bishop resigned as a commissioner, a post she held since 2007.
Bishop most recently worked as an attorney with Perry, Guthery, Haase & Gessford, P.C., L.L.O. Her work has focused on general civil litigation and appeals, with the last five years focused primarily on domestic matters, worker’s compensation, and school law issues.
Bishop represented the 1st District as a member of the coordinating commission. The 1st District covers Lancaster and Seward Counties. Commission members are appointed by the governor and approved by the legislature.
Clark Anderson of Lincoln has replaced Bishop as vice chair of the commission.
Marshall Hill has resigned as executive director of Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education. Dr. Hill, who joined the commission in 2005, will now serve as the executive director of the Colorado-based organization charged with the national initiative to make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines. The initiative – known as the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, or SARA – will create interstate reciprocity in the regulation of postsecondary distance education.
Dr. Hill’s final day with the commission was Aug. 15. The executive committee of the commission appointed Dr. Carna Pfeil, the commission’s associate director for finance and administration, as interim executive director. The full commission will ratify this appointment at its Sept. 19 meeting.
The coordinating commission is an independent state agency, with duties and responsibilities specified in the state constitution. The commission is governed by a board of 11 commissioners from throughout the state, appointed by the governor and approved by the legislature. The commissioners are responsible for hiring the commission’s executive director.
Dr. Hill can be reached in his new position at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Coordinating Commission has received an application from Kaplan University-Omaha to offer a new degree program in Nebraska.
Kaplan seeks authorization to offer a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) in Pre-licensure Nursing.
The commission will consider Kaplan’s application at its
Aug. 1, 2013 meeting at Central Community College in Grand Island Sept. 19 meeting in Lincoln.
UPDATE 6/13/2013: Omaha School of Massage and Healthcare of Herzing University sought authorization to offer an associate of science degree and diploma in Chiropractic Technician. The commission approved Herzing’s application at its June 13, 2013 meeting at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff.