BEATRICE – The current Chairman of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents has filed to seek reelection to the board.
Rob Schafer, a Beatrice attorney, represents Regent District 5, which includes 16 southeast Nebraska counties, and a portion of Lancaster County.
In a written statement, Schafer said the University of Nebraska is among “the premier institutions for higher education and research in the nation”. Schafer says he’s committed to keeping tuition affordable, growing public-private partnerships and advancing the university’s commitment to agriculture and rural Nebraska. Schafer was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2013, then won election in 2014.
The 50-year-old managing partner of Smith, Schafer, Davis and Gaertig is a Lieutenant Colonel and Staff Judge Advocate for the 155th Air Refueling Wing of the Nebraska Air National Guard.
He owns a farm in Pawnee County raising corn, soybeans and wheat. Schafer also owns cattle and is director of an Iowa swine operation.
Schafer is a graduate of Pawnee City High School, UNL and the University of Nebraska College of Law. He’s a current board member with the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a member of farm, local business and civic organizations.