President Brand to leave Doane College
President Jonathan Brand announced today that he will be leaving Doane College effective July 1, 2011, to accept the presidency at Cornell College in Iowa.
Doane Board of Trustees Chair Ken James remarked that Brand and his team have positioned Doane College well for the future. "Doane has experienced outstanding gains and advancements during the past several years. I am confident that we will find a new leader who will continue to build on the strong institutional momentum that Jonathan has created. "It has been immensely satisfying to serve Doane College's students, faculty and staff. Doane is an inspiring institution with incredible people. I will always be proud to have been a part of this college community," said Brand. "During this upcoming year, I remain deeply committed to continuing Doane's forward momentum."
Under his leadership, Doane College added new majors in biochemistry, journalism, criminal justice and nursing; launched the Learning Communities Initiative; created the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning; and strengthened the broad application of technology across the college. Doane also surpassed its prior $40 million campaign goal by $5 million.
During Brand's presidency, three new structures were added to campus in the last five years - the LeDon Softball and Baseball Complex, the Chab Weyers Education and Hixson Lied Art Building and the recently dedicated George and Sally Haddix Recreation and Athletic Center. In addition, the Lincoln campus building was renovated and dedicated as the Fred D. Brown Center as well as two residence halls on the Crete campus. Doane has also now achieved record enrollment for two consecutive years.
A national search for a president for Doane College will begin immediately.