John Tencer, MBA
Associate Executive Director
John Tencer is Associate Executive Director of Operations for the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska.
Tencer supports the Executive Director in leading and facilitating the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the institute in achieving its mission and strategic objectives. This includes the contracting processes of NSRI with an emphasis on responsiveness and efficiency.
Tencer assisted in the establishment of NSRI of 2012 and joined as its first Director of Contracts, after serving 21 years of active duty as an enlisted U.S. Marine and as an officer in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps. Throughout his military career he served in staff and operational assignments, both afloat and ashore, in procurement, logistics, readiness, contracting and fiscal accountability.
Tencer earned Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level III certification in contracting and was selected as a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps in 2010. He received his bachelor’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a master’s of business administration from Georgetown University.
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