Rodney S.W. Basler, M.D., attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln after graduating as valedictorian of Plainview High School and transferred after his junior year to accept an invitation for early admission to UNMC. He was elected as a junior into Phi Beta Kappa, and was a member of the very first Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Board. After graduating from UNMC, Dr. Basler completed dermatology residency training at the University of Michigan and served on active duty with the U.S. Air Force. He then entered into academics as Asst. Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Arizona. In 1978, he returned to Lincoln to begin a dermatologic practice with offices in Lincoln and Fremont, and for over 30 years, has continued to serve UN-L by providing dermatologic care at the University Health Center, and consultation in dermatology to the Husker athletic teams. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the U of N Foundation. In 2000, Dr. Basler was honored by his peers by being elected Chairman of the Advisory Board of the 12,000 member American Academy of Dermatology, and was nominated as Vice President of the national group. Dr. Basler served on the Board of Trustees of the Dermatology Foundation and as Chairman of the group’s Annenberg Circle Committee and state Leaders’ Society. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at UNMC, mentoring medical, PA, and Nurse Practitioner students, and has also been a prolific writer, publishing over 70 articles and textbook chapters.