Staff Spotlight: Josh Egley

Josh Egley
Josh Egley

About Josh Egley:

After graduating from Madison High School in northeast Nebraska, I  moved to Lincoln to pursue a degree in secondary education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with the hope of one day becoming a teacher. My wife, Emily, also a graduate of UNL, is a pediatric dentist. We have two boys, Emmett and Jacob, who are ages four and two, respectively.   

What is your position at the University of Nebraska?

I am the senior director of development for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska Foundation. In this capacity, I work to raise private funds for the benefit and support of the Institute and its faculty and students.

What drew you to the University of Nebraska?

My education. I’ve remained at the University of Nebraska as an employee because my experience as a student was life-changing and I want to help ensure others have that same opportunity.

What aspect of working in an educational setting do you enjoy the most?

The opportunity to interact with people from a variety of different backgrounds and expertise. The opportunities to learn, even as someone who is no longer a student, are endless. 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I’m an extremely proud father and husband. In either case, I’m not sure there’s much for me to say that I’ve achieved individually, but if in any way I can take some credit for my family, that would be my greatest achievement.  

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I’m steadily acquiring tools and preparing myself to start woodworking as a new hobby.  

What is your life like outside of work?

Most of my time is spent with family, either playing with Emmett and Jacob or tending to the chores typical of somebody with a home and  family. I’m a member the church council at St. Paul United Methodist Church and am also currently serving on the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission. When I have free time, I really enjoy hunting, fishing and playing basketball.