Robert D. Bartee
World class doesn’t happen. It takes strategic thinking, bold actions and visionary leaders. UNMC has that in Bob Bartee, a Nebraskan whose behind-the-scenes work under six chancellors has transformed UNMC into a leader in health care research, education and patient care.
As vice chancellor for external affairs, Bartee is responsible for UNMC’s government relations, public relations and alumni relations. His success in directing tobacco settlement funds toward biomedical research and the state’s cigarette tax to cancer research has benefited countless Nebraskans.
A leader in designing strategies for public policy advocacy, communications and strategic advancement, he also secured state support for the nationally recognized Nebraska Rural Health Education Network, assembled partners to create a vision and master plan to revitalize midtown Omaha and led efforts to create the Nebraska Cancer Registry.
Bartee is a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges Governmental Relations Steering Committee and the Association of Academic Health Centers Health Policy Advisory Committee and Policy Assembly.
In 2005, Bartee received the Marvin D. Swede Johnson Achievement Award, jointly bestowed by four national associations of higher education for lifetime achievement in governmental relations.