Michael S. Dunlap

Michael S. Dunlap

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nelnet

Michael S. Dunlap is Nelnet's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, as well as one of the founders of the company. In this capacity, Dunlap is involved in helping establish and implement the strategic direction of the company.

Dunlap focuses his time on Nelnet's key strategies of diversifying the company's revenue stream, achieving superior economies of scale through successful operations of all business units, and attaining high quality earnings. He is driven to help develop leadership across the breadth of Nelnet management. He is driven by the Nelnet vision that the customer is number one. "I believe the strength of a corporate leader lies in leadership by example," says Dunlap.

Dunlap is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Union Bank and Trust Company and also serves as a Director and Co-President of Farmers & Merchants Investment Inc., the parent of Union Bank and Trust Company. In addition, he is a member of the President's Community Council for Union College, the Board of Directors for the University of Nebraska Foundation, the Board of Capital Casualty Company, and the Board of BankFirst of Norfolk.

Dunlap serves on the Lincoln 2015 Vision Group, which is involved in promoting the development of Nelnet's hometown. He also actively participates in the Young Presidents' Organization.

Dunlap is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association. He received a B.S. degree in finance and accounting in 1986 and a J.D. degree from the University of Nebraska in 1988. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with his family.