Governor Dave Heineman announced he has applied for the position of President of the University of Nebraska. 


The term-limited governor announced Wednesday that he has asked the university's Board of Regents to consider him for the position. The presidency came open with the departure of J.B. Milliken, who became chancellor of the City University of New York.


The university is conducting a national search for applicants, and will announce four finalists before making their selection.


Heineman says he reached out to several regents and spoke to Milliken to notify them that he was seeking the job.


Heineman says he would focus on keeping tuition affordable and increasing research activity if he's chosen. Heineman is leaving office in January.

Heineman outlined his priorities if he were President. “First we should continue to offer affordable tuition rates for students. I worked with President Milliken and the Legislature to fund a two-year tuition freeze for Nebraska students. Reaching student enrollment goals is critical to the University’s financial stability.”