Dr. Jeffrey Gold gets $100,000 raise to run UNO and Medical Center
LINCOLN — Dr. Jeffrey Gold won praise, a raise and a slight change in titles Thursday from the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.
Gold will receive a $100,000 raise, bringing his compensation total to $953,338 a year to oversee both of the University of Nebraska system’s Omaha institutions. The regents thanked Gold for his willingness to run both universities.
And they removed “interim” from his title at UNO and made him permanent chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He will continue as chancellor of the place he was hired to run in 2014: The NU Medical Center.
The regents met briefly in Lincoln to make the changes affecting Gold and to confirm Tiffany Heng-Moss as dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. She will be paid $237,188.
NU President Hank Bounds and some of the regents made clear that there was no plan to merge UNO with UNMC. Gold’s term as chancellor is to end in mid-2022, when a search for a new UNO chancellor will be underway. Bounds said misconstruing Gold’s joint appointment as an indication of eventual merger is to “look for ghosts where there aren’t ghosts.”
Gold is a pediatric heart surgeon who went into university administration about 13 years ago. After longtime UNO Chancellor John Christensen announced that he would step down in 2017, a national search failed to find Christensen’s successor. So NU President Hank Bounds named Gold UNO’s interim chancellor. Now Bounds has taken the “interim” out of the title and extended Gold’s leadership of UNO by 3½ years.
Bounds said Thursday that Gold’s stint as interim chancellor of UNO has gone well. Regent Bob Phares of North Platte said Gold has been a fine leader. “I was amazed that Jeff would take on this additional task,” Phares said.
Gold said after the meeting that he has had time now to coordinate the two jobs, work out an orderly schedule and prioritize. The two jobs are “getting less demanding and more exciting,” said Gold, 66.
He doesn’t anticipate leaving UNMC’c chancellorship in 2022.
The Association of Academic Health Centers reported that last year, chief executives at public academic medical institutions such as UNMC received a median salary of $750,411, plus $133,795 in bonuses. Consequently, Gold’s pay as UNMC’s chancellor is around the mid-point of that of heads of public academic medical centers.
UNO Student Regent Renata Valquier Chavez said Gold has impressed UNO students by being accessible and involved. For instance, Gold has agreed to cut her hair, she said, in a fundraiser early next year for UNO Dance Marathon and ultimately for Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.