Dr. Nizar Wehbi Named Chairman

Longtime board member Nizar Wehbi was appointed Chairman of the Omaha Home for Boys’ Board of Directors on January 10 during its first meeting of 2017.

Dr. Wehbi is a physician by training. He is currently an assistant professor and acting deputy director of the Center for Health Policy at the College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Wehbi received his MPH in Public Health Administration from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and earned an MBA from the University of Nebraska. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and is board certified in health care management.

Dr. Wehbi has been in the medical field for over 15 years, starting his career in clinical medicine focusing on cancer research then moving to hospital administration. In the College of Public Health, Dr. Wehbi serves as the academic advisor for many MPH students and teaches graduate courses in Health Administration, Human Resources Management, US Health Care System, and Health Policy. He is also working on increasing adult immunization rates and developing simulation-based training for Emergency Medical Services providers across the State of Nebraska. He is currently the President of the UNMC Faculty Senate and serves on the Faculty and Planning Committee of the Interprofessional Leadership for Excellence and Academic Development, known as iLEAD, a UNMC-wide faculty leadership development program.

“I’m honored to serve as the chairman for an organization with such a strong history in the Omaha community,” said Wehbi. “I see a great future for the Omaha Home for Boys as we continue to adapt to the changing needs of vulnerable youth and shape the lives of young adults.”

Dr. Wehbi has served as a trustee and director on the Omaha Home for Boys’ Board since 2010. He previously served as Vice Chair, and has served on multiple Board Committees. He is the American College of Healthcare Executive (ACHE) Regent for Nebraska and Western Iowa, and has served on the Board of Examiners of the Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Program since 2012.

“Nizar has proven a valuable, contributing member of our board the past several years and brings a high level of enthusiasm to the chairman position,” said Omaha Home for Boys’ President & CEO, Jeff Moran. “His strong background in strategic planning paired with his passion for carrying out the Home’s mission will be vital to our success in the coming years.”