The Advisory Board serves as well-informed advocates for the School with relevant constituencies in the University of Nebraska and the State. They work to enhance and broaden the School's reputation, help to educate, inform, and inspire our undergraduate and graduate students on career decision-making and the value of our programs, and help to find potential donors. Read about the board's founding in this history by Bruce Rippeteau
Endowed Excellence Fund
The Advisory Board created the UNL Anthropology Endowed Excellence Fund aiming to give our students and faculty opportunities to pursue research and engage in scholarly exchange for generations to come. Read about the UNL Anthropology Endowed Excellence Fund established by the AFAB
Peter Zandbergen was honored as the 2020 speaker for the John and Tammy Allen Lecture Series. Peter graduated with a BA in anthropology in 1974 and is currently the Executive Vice President of Union Bank and Trust.
Various alumni and AFAB members throughout the decades.
2019-2020 Board Members
Chairman: Jim Kohler (BA), Class of 1969; Lincoln, NE; Change Management Consultant (retired).
Vice-Chair: Nolan Johnson (MA); Class of 2006; Lincoln, NE; Archeologist, History Nebraska.
Secretary/Treasurer: Susan Traub (MA), Class of 1969; Spring Hill, KS; Owner and Director of Business Development, Traub Design Associates, Inc. a museum exhibit design and fabrication firm.
Dr. Sophia Perdikaris, Director of the School of Integrative Studies, UNL
Joye Fehringer, Lincoln, NE; Development Officer, NU Foundation
Dr. Raymond Hames, Professor of Anthropology, UNL and Faculty Representative
Dr. LuAnn Wandsnider, former Chair of the Department of Anthropology, UNL, and current Chair of the Past Chairs Advisory Committee
Bruce Rippeteau (PhD), Class of 1968 (BA); Lincoln, NE/Cape Vincent, NY; Professory, SUNY; first State Archaeologist, Colorado; Director, SC Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of South Carolina (retired)
Peter Zandbergen, Omaha, NE; Class of 1974 (BA); Graduate School of Banking, University of Colorado; Executive Vice President, Union Bank & Trust
Kelli Bacon, Lincoln, NE; Class of 2003 (BA), 2010 (MA); Preservation Archivist, Nebraska State Historical Society
Dawn Bringelson, Lincoln, NE; Class of 1991 (BA), University of Washington (MA 1995, PhD 2004), Archeologist, Historic Preservation Partnerships, Midwest Archeological Center.
Thomas Riley (PhD), Fargo, ND; Professor Emeritus and Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, North Dakota State University (retired)
John E. Ehrenhard, Class of 1968 (BA), 1971 (MA); Crawfordville, FL; Archaeologist and Director, NPS Southeast Archeological Center (retired)
David Mayer Gradwohl (PhD); Class of 1955; Ames, Iowa; Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Founding Director of the Iowa State University Archeology Laboratory
Art Wolf, Las Vegas, NV; Class of 1975 (BA), University of Arizona 1977 (MA); Museum Consultant; Founder and Principal of WOLF Consulting
Ralph Hartley, Lincoln, NE; Class of 1974 (BA), 1989 (PhD) Geography, Lincoln, NE; Adjunct Professor, Anthropology, University of Nebraska