Gov. Dave Heineman today announced his appointment of Robert M. Schafer of Beatrice to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.
Schafer, an attorney, member of the Nebraska Air National Guard and agriculture community member, will represent the District 5 seat in the southeastern portion of the state.
The seat was recently vacated by Lavon Heidemann upon his appointment as lieutenant governor.
Schafer, 45, currently serves as an attorney and managing partner at Carlson, Schafer and Davis, a law firm in Beatrice.
In his capacity at the firm, Schafer is responsible for business development and marketing for the firm, providing advice, counsel and representing clients. Schafer’s practice areas include agricultural law, banking and corporate law, estate planning, probate, real estate law and taxation.
He was previously an associate attorney for Stehlik Law Office in Pawnee City.
Schafer is the owner and operator of a farm in Pawnee County. Schafer, a cattle owner, is also a member and director of a swine operation in Iowa.
Additionally, Schafer serves in the Nebraska Air National Guard as a Major and Staff Judge Advocate for the 155th Air Refueling Wing. He served in the Army National Guard from 1985 – 2005, and has served in the Air National Guard since 2005.
He is a member of Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation. He serves on the board of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, serves as Budget and Planning Chair for the Nebraska State Bar Association, and serves as Vice Chair of the Military Law Section. He formerly served on the Executive Council of the NSBA.
Schafer earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law. He is a graduate of Pawnee City High School in Pawnee City. He lives in Beatrice with his wife Andrea, a Vice President at Pinnacle Bank, and their two young daughters.
Schafer will serve for approximately two years and will be subject to election in 2014.
District 5 encompasses most of southeast Nebraska, including Otoe County.
The Board of Regents consists of eight voting members elected by district, plus four non-voting student regents representing each of the university’s campuses. The Board supervises the general operations of the university, and the control and direction of all expenditures.
The Board meets regularly, primarily in Lincoln, but also in Omaha and greater Nebraska.