Klein joins NU’s Rural Futures Institute team

The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska is proud to welcome Theresa Klein as executive associate to the RFI Team. She will work directly with the executive team to drive progress in all areas of the Institute in pursuit of its bold objective of being a world-class center for exploring and impacting all things rural.

Klein resides on a small farm west of Wahoo, Neb., and has grassroots leadership experience and perspective that adds another rural dimension to the RFI’s executive team. She joins the team from her previous role as development director for Bishop Neumann High School in Wahoo, Neb.

Klein has been engaged in a wide variety of community leadership roles including: Wahoo Chamber of Commerce, Teammates Board, Public Library Foundation and Friends of Saunders County 4-H and Extension Foundation. She currently serves on the Saunders County Ag Society and is a trustee of the Saunders Medical Center.

Klein’s previous experience includes serving as the public relations and communications coordinator for the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, followed by joining the University of Nebraska Foundation where she served as director of communications for 11 years. Klein is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and studied animal science and ag economics.

“Klein has a strong working knowledge of rural areas which will provide valuable insight when working with the RFI team to create synergies and to provide feedback from the community perspective,” said Chuck Schroeder, executive director of the Rural Futures Institute. “We are very excited to welcome Theresa. Her background, along with her ability to connect to people, is a great fit for our team.”

The Rural Futures Institute is one of four interdisciplinary institutes at the University of Nebraska that leverages the talents and research-based expertise from across the system. The institute, through a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, encourages bold and futuristic approaches to collaboratively address state, national and global challenges.

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