Bounds is in his current role since 2015. He began his career as a high school teacher, rose to principal, superintendent and state superintendent before becoming Mississippi's commissioner of higher education in 2009. On Jan. 12, 2015, the Board of Regents appointed lifelong educator Hank M. Bounds, Ph.D., as the seventh president of the University of Nebraska. Bounds began his tenure as president on April 13, 2015 Bounds grew up on a small farm in rural Mississippi, where his family raised hogs and cattle and he hauled hay. His service in the Army National Guard helped him pay for college, and he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and a doctorate from the University of Mississippi. Bounds and his wife, Susie, are the parents of a son, Will, and a daughter, Caroline. They will reside in Lincoln.