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Commissioners

Bill Avery (District #1)



Current Term of Office: 2015-2019
Elected: November, 2014

Email: bavery@lancaster.ne.gov

Biography:

Bill Avery is a professional lecturer, author, teacher and trade consultant. He was a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), where he taught Political Science for more than 30 years. Bill served in the Nebraska Legislature from 2007 through 2014 and was elected to the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners in 2014.

Bill served in the U.S. Air Force and was cited twice for meritorious service. He worked his way through college with the aid of the GI Bill and various jobs in the construction industry as an active member of the Hod Carriers Union.

In college Bill studied Political Science and International Trade. After completing his education, Bill came to Lincoln in 1974 to join the faculty at UNL. He raised his family here and made Lincoln his permanent home.

Bill's devotion to teaching earned him numerous awards and teaching honors, including the Douglas Bereuter Distinguished Teaching Award for Undergraduate Instruction; Mortar Board Society Professor of the Month and Honorary Member of Mortar Board Society; five Certificates of Recognition for Contributions to Students; Beta Theta Pi Award for Excellence in Education; Who's Who Among America's Teachers; and two-time finalist for Educator of the Year by vote of student body at UNL. He also wrote or edited six books and more than 30 published articles.

In the Nebraska Legislature, Bill chaired the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee for six years and served on the Education Committee and Executive Board. He also was a member of the Governing Board of the Council of State Governments and the CSG's Special Task Force on Federalism.

Bill's commitment to Nebraska citizens earned him many awards, including the Nebraska Press Association President's Award for his defense of the First Amendment and transparency in government and the Nebraska National Guard Legion of Merit for his dedication to Nebraska service members.

Bill is married and has three children and two grandchildren. He is a resident of the Near South neighborhood and serves on the Board of Trustees at First-

Plymouth Congregational Church. He has volunteered in the community in numerous capacities over the years and has served on several local and national boards.