Rob Schafer is seeking another term on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.
Schafer holds the district 5 seat, and was elected to the Board of Regents in 2014 after being appointed to the position in 2013.
“The University of Nebraska is among the premier institutions for higher education and research in the nation,” Schafer said in a press release. “With hard work and a focused mission, we can grow the university and its substantial contribution to Nebraska’s economic future. My commitment is to keep tuition affordable for Nebraskans, grow public-private partnerships with far-reaching benefits, and advance the University’s commitment to agriculture and rural Nebraska.”
Schafer’s district on the board includes 16 Nebraska counties: Butler, Cass, Clay, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, Seward, Saunders and Thayer, plus northwest Lancaster County, including a portion of the city of Lincoln.
“As a farmer, attorney, veteran and University of Nebraska graduate, I bring a unique set of experiences to the Board,” he said in the press release. “For five years, I’ve used my experience to strengthen the university. I’ve voted to keep tuition affordable and supported changes making the University more accessible and affordable for Nebraska’s veterans.”
Schafer, 50, is the managing partner at Smith, Schafer, Davis and Geartig, a law firm in Beatrice. He is a member of the Nebraska Air National Guard and serves as a Lieutenant Colonel and Staff Judge Advocate for the 155th Air Refueling Wing. He also owns and operates a farm in Pawnee County, raising corn, soybeans and wheat. Schafer, a cattle owner, is also a member and director of a swine operation in Iowa.
He is a lifelong and sixth generation Nebraskan. Schafer is a graduate of Pawnee City High School and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with a bachelor degree in business administration and a law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law. Schafer lives in Beatrice with his wife, Andrea, a vice president at Pinnacle Bank and a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and their two young daughters, Brooklyn and Addison.
Schafer is a member of several state and local organizations, including Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, American Legion Post 39, Beatrice Chamber of Commerce, Beatrice Rotary Club and St. John Lutheran Church.