Virginia Tech alumnus takes the reins at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ronnie D. Green

Ronnie D. Green

Virginia Tech alumnus and Botetourt County, Virginia, native Ronnie D. Green (animal science ’83) was named chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May.

Green is now chief executive officer for the Lincoln campus, which enrolls more than 25,000 students in nine academic colleges, employs over 6,400 faculty and staff members, has an operating budget of more than $1.2 billion and research expenditures of over $275 million, and boasts a nationally prominent Division I athletics program.

“I am truly blessed, privileged, and honored to serve as the University of Nebraska’s 20th chancellor,” said Green. “I am a first-generation college student and will always appreciate the top-notch education I received at Virginia Tech. It is humbling to think this proud Hokie is now leading another outstanding land-grant university with worldwide impact.”

Prior to being named chancellor, Green was the Harlan Vice Chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources for six years and jointly served as the vice president for agriculture and natural resources of the University of Nebraska system. In this role, he oversaw the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the two-year Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, the statewide Agricultural Research Division, Nebraska Extension, and two university institutes — the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute and the Rural Futures Institute.

Green was raised on a mixed beef, dairy, and cropping farm in Fincastle, Virginia. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science from Virginia Tech and Colorado State University, respectively. His doctoral program in animal breeding and genetics was completed jointly at the University of Nebraska and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service’s U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in 1988.

Earlier this year, the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences named Green its 2015-16 Outstanding Alumnus.