The Hixson-Lied Advisory Board was created to review and react to requests for expenditures of income from the Hixson-Lied endowment to benefit the college and its affiliated organizations. The board encourages requests for funding that will truly advance excellence in the college and enhance its national reputation. Additionally, the board is involved in overseeing the investment of the endowed funds in cooperation with the University of Nebraska Foundation's Finance Committee.

The Advisory Board is comprised of the trustee of the Lied Foundation Trust, the chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the president of the University of Nebraska Foundation, the dean of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, and six additional members appointed to a three-year term who may serve two consecutive terms.

Hixson-Lied Advisory Board Reports

David Duffy

David Duffy

In his role as Director of Creative Development and Production, Duffy leads the team responsible for the development and production of a variety of world-class entertainment experiences at the Disneyland Resort, including parades, holiday offerings, character appearances, special events, and more.

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Terry L. Fairfield

Terry L. Fairfield

Terry L. Fairfield is currently Vice Chairman of the University of Nebraska Foundation. He previously served as CEO of the University of Nebraska Foundation from 1987-2008. He is a graduate of Kearney High School and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he has completed post-graduate work at UNL and The George Washington University.

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Karen Harris

Karen Harris

Karen Harris is a homemaker and volunteer. A native Nebraskan, she graduated from Lincoln Northeast HS and received her Bachelor of Science from UNL.

Harris has worked as a child welfare caseworker, and as district manager for Doncaster Clothing.

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Marg Helgenberger

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Marg Helgenberger is a film and television actress known for her roles as Catherine Willows in the CBS drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and as K.C. Koloski in the ABC drama "China Beach," which earned her the 1990 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She earned two Emmy Award and two Golden Globe nominations for her work on CSI.

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Pamela Hemann

Pamela Hemann

Pamela  Hemann, FASAE, CAE, is president of Association Management Services, Inc. (AMS, Inc.), a management company serving regional, state and national nonprofit organizations, founded in 1988 by Ms. Hemann.  Under her leadership, AMS, Inc., has grown significantly during its 26 years of operation, and continues to expand its services.

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Mike Hill

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Mike Hill is a film editor who won an Academy Award for the film “Apollo 13.” Hill and his editing partner Dan Hanley have had a longstanding, notable collaboration with Director Ron Howard, having edited all of Howard’s films since “Night Shift” in 1982.

Hill was raised in Omaha, Neb., and received a criminal justice degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1972.

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Christina Hixson

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Christina M. Hixson graduated from Clarinda High School in Iowa in 1944. She borrowed $600 from an Uncle and moved to Omaha, Nebraska, to attend business school. After seven months, she went to work for Mr. Lied's car dealership as a switchboard operator and took dictation since his secretary could not. After the war, Miss Hixson became his secretary and also took on the accounting duties.

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Heather Jones

Heather Jones received her Bachelors' degree at the College of Saint Mary in Omaha in early childhood and elementary education. She is currently attending the University of Nevada Las Vegas to receive a Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy.

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Dr. Lance Nielsen

Dr. Lance Nielsen

Dr. Lance D. Nielsen is the Supervisor of Music for Lincoln Public Schools where he supervises all music programs K–12. Prior to becoming an administrator, he taught for 23 years in both public schools and higher education.

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Charles O'Connor

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Charles O’Connor is the Hixson-Lied Endowed Dean of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He returns to Lincoln after nine years, having started in 1993 as a faculty member in the Department of Theatre Arts, now the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film.

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Connie Pejsar

Connie has been with the University of Nebraska Foundation since 1983. She has enjoyed a variety of positions and currently is fundraising for the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and the State Museum.

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Rita Stinner

Rita Stinner is a proud alumnus of University of Nebraska at Lincoln where she earned both Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees. Rita dedicated her professional endeavors to an improved quality of life in Nebraska, to the arts, and to music education.

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Michael Zeleny


Mike Zeleny, chief of staff and associate to the chancellor since January 2018, is a senior adviser and reports on a wide variety of strategic and executive duties, including both internal and external relations.

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