Beatrice man hoping for another term on Board of Regents
A Beatrice man seeking another term on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents discussed why he should be reelected during Tuesday’s candidate forum.
Schafer was elected to the Board of Regents in 2014 after being first appointed to the position in 2013.
He’s voted against tuition increases and said keeping education affordable is a top priority moving forward.
“I think the quality of education that we have at an affordable price is very important,” he said. “I’m happy to say that I voted twice in the past four or five years against tuition increases. It’s important that we keep tuition affordable for working class families here in Nebraska.”
Schafer is the managing partner at Smith, Schafer, Davis and Gaertig law firm in Beatrice. He also owns and operates a farm in Pawnee County, raising corn, soybeans and wheat. Schafer, a cattle owner, is also a member and director of a swine operation in Iowa.
“I want to continue to work with agriculture,” Schafer said. “As someone who grew up on a family farm and continues to farm today, raising both corn and beans as well as a herd of stock cattle and grazing beef, I think it’s important that we have ag producers on the Board of Regents, since agriculture is our number one business here in the state of Nebraska.”
Schafer is being challenged for the position by Robert J. Prokop, who did not attend Tuesday’s candidate event.
Schafer is a graduate of Pawnee City High School and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law.
He is a member of the Nebraska Air National Guard and serves as a Lieutenant Colonel and Staff Judge Advocate for the 155th Air Refueling Wing.
“As a member of the United States military for the past 33 years, I feel what we’re doing at the University of Nebraska when it comes to the research and aiding our service members, both here in the states and globally, especially when it comes to the international war on terror, is priceless,” he said.
Schafer lives in Beatrice with his wife, Andrea, a vice president at Pinnacle Bank and a graduate of UNL, and their two young daughters, Brooklyn and Addison.
Schafer is a member of several state and local organizations, including the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, American Legion Post 39, Beatrice Chamber of Commerce, Beatrice Rotary Club and St. John Lutheran Church.
District 5 on the board includes 16 Nebraska counties: Butler, Cass, Clay, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, Seward, Saunders and Thayer, plus northwest Lancaster County, including a portion of the city of Lincoln.