WDN Shared Governance Board


The WDN Shared Governance Board administers and guides the development of the UNLedu Web Framework, Style Book, and public information management systems. Its mission is to improve user experience for UNL site visitors, managers and developers by soliciting user feedback, encouraging good stewardship of all UNL websites, and fostering an environment of respect, collaboration, and outreach.


The following UNL employees comprise the membership of the WDN Shared Governance Board for calendar year 2018:

Upcoming Meeting Dates

This year's board meetings will occur on the first and third Tuesdays of every month.

  • First Tuesday of the month: Nebraska East Union, 10 a.m.
  • Third Tuesday of the month: University Communication (1217 Q St.), 10 a.m.


The WDN Shared Governance Board is also made up of 3 sub-committees, each with a different focus:

UX Sub-Committee

Chaired by Ryan Dee, Senior UX Designer, an open group that works together to form recommendations to the Shared Governance Board that will help improve the experience of visitors interacting with user interface of university websites and its public information systems. Any individual who is interested in web design and UX research are welcome to participate. Please email Ryan Dee to indicate interest, feedback, questions, or to be informed of upcoming meetings.

QA Review Sub-Comittee

This sub-committee reviews websites within the university's CMS to ensure web standards such as HTML validity, web accessibility regulation compliance, SEO performance and much more. Please email the WDN Board if you are interested in learning more about this sub-committee, provide feedback, questions, or to be informed of upcoming meetings.

Public Information Application User Group

Chaired by Eric Rasmussen, CMS Developer & Service Manager, this user group meets to discuss feedback and ways to improve our range of public information applications such as Events or Maps. Please email Eric Rasmussen if you have feedback, questions, or would like to be part of this user group.

Details about the WDN Board

The WDN Shared Governance Board promotes and administers the UNLedu Web Framework and its associated Standards Guide. The board is a 9-person committee: 6 seats, with 2-year terms, nominated and elected by Web Developer Network members; and 3 seats appointed by Director of Internet and Interactive Media.

Board terms begin on January 1 and end on December 31 of the following year.

Board members can expect a commitment of 4–6 hours per month.

Meetings are to any member of the UNL community.

The board reserves the right to vote to convene in executive session at its discretion. These circumstances may include but are not limited to: enforcement actions, by request of site owner, etc.

Agendas and minutes are posted on wdn.unl.edu.

Every year, three members’ terms end and three new members are elected; Nominations are opened at the October meeting and close at 5 p.m. on the Monday prior to the first Tuesday in November, voting opens during the November WDN meeting. Voting closes at 5 p.m. on the Monday before the first Tuesday of December. The new board is announced at the December WDN regular meeting, and is seated Jan. 1.

Only 1 person per organizational unit (by org unit number) to be elected per term (max of 2 serving at any given time). There is no limit on nominations, but only the person with the most votes will be appointed. The purpose of this is to ensure diversity of the board.

Vacated seats will be reappointed by consensus of the remaining elected membership, with runners-up from the most recent prior election comprising the initial pool of candidates.

Activities of the board

Current expectation is that the activities of the board may include:

  • Prioritization and roadmap as the framework continues to evolve
  • Critique of in-development framework changes
  • Continuing development of the Style Book
    • and its associated UNL Web Audit tool
  • Review of UNL websites according to Style Book
  • Communication of specific issues and recommended remediation
  • Enforcement actions

Contact the WDN Shared Governance Board

To contact members of the board, use one of the forms below or send an email to wdn-board@unl.edu.

Contact Form

Suggestion Box