Shake up in leadership at NU Foundation
February 1st, 2012
Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska Foundation announced late Wednesday CEO Clarence Castner will no longer serve the organization. In a statement, Peter Whitted, M.D., the chair of the Foundation’s board of directors said former Omaha World-Herald publisher John Gottschalk will lead the Foundation on an interim basis. The Foundation is a heavyweight fundraiser for the four campuses of the University of Nebraska system.
No reasons were given for Castner’s swift, and unexpected, departure. But in an interview with the Omaha World-Herald, Castner said he left because of “philosophical differences” with Whitted, who took over as board chair just a few weeks ago. The move appeared to take the Foundation leadership and staff by surprise. Staff members were informed of Castner’s departure late Wednesday.
Castner joined the Foundation staff shortly after graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1989. He rose swiftly through the ranks, and was promoted to the position of CEO in 2008. He led the organization through record fundraising years, despite the country’s worst economic recession in decades. The Foundation is currently in the midst of the largest capital fundraising campaign of its history, and is less than $75 million from its goal of $1.2 billion raised.
Whitted provided few details in his statement, but thanked Castner for all he has accomplished with the Foundation, saying “we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”