The leader of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources will be in Hastings Friday for a listening session with constituents.

Mike Boehm, UNL Harlan Vice Chancellor for IANR, will meet with the public over lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at The Lark, 809 W. Second St. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are appreciated for planning purposes.

Boehm, who also serves as University of Nebraska system vice president for agriculture and natural resources, will be prepared to discuss various issues with community members. The meeting will have no set agenda. Past meetings in other communities have addressed such issues as education, workforce development and water quality.

“We really want Nebraskans to drive this conversation,” Boehm said in a news release. “It’s important for us to hear about the challenges they’re facing so we can identify opportunities for the university to better serve their needs.

To RSVP for Friday, visit https://go.unl.edu/listeningtour. For more information call Kirstin Taylor at 402-472-2089.

Other stops on Boehm’s “listening tour” itinerary this week include York, Central City, Crete and Nebraska City.

Boehm joined the university in January 2017. He is a plant pathologist by discipline and served previously as vice provost for academic and strategic planning at The Ohio State University.

At Nebraska, he succeeded Ronnie Green as vice chancellor for IANR after Green was promoted to the chancellor’s office.

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