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State senator announces run for open seat on NU Board of Regents

State senator announces run for open seat on NU Board of Regents

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LINCOLN — State Sen. Matt Williams of Gothenburg, who has served the past seven years in the Nebraska Legislature, announced Thursday that he’s seeking a seat on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

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Williams, 72, is seeking the post now held by Regent Robert Phares of North Platte, who recently announced that he won’t seek re-election in 2022. Phares, who represents the western half of Nebraska, has endorsed Williams.

“The strength of Nebraska’s economy and success of our rural families depend upon a strong and vibrant university system,” Williams said in a press release.

Williams, a Republican, said he would work to keep NU tuition rates low, support policies to retain the state’s top students, and forge public-private partnerships to aid the university system.

A banker who was born in Gothenburg, Williams earned his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Nebraska. He and his wife have two children and six grandchildren.

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