Hixson-Lied Advisory Board
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.
Deon Bahr of Lincoln, Neb., is the Founding Principal of Bahr Vermeer & Haecker Architects, Ltd. He received his Bachelor of Science in architecture from UNL in 1961. He has served as the president of the National Society of Architects and served as a critic/juror for the College of Architecture from 1983-2000.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
William J. Nunez has been the director of the Office of Institutional Research and Planning since September 2003. His office provides data and analysis to support academic management, evaluation and planning, and is also responsible for the campus physical master plan, campus space planning, and operation of examination services, providing testing and scoring services.
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.
Susan Varner Wilkins
Susan Varner Wilkins is a registered nurse. She has previously worked as a hospice nurse with Hospice Care of Nebraska and as a registered nurse at the Lincoln Community Blood Bank.