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Professor Merritt Named Kinney Endowed Chair in Business

Dr. Deryl Merritt has been named the Kinney Endowed Chair in Business. Merritt will lead projects to enhance business learning through the endowment.

The endowment was originally created in 1987 by the family of A.R. Kinney, and the chair has since been re-established. The original mission of the endowment was to prepare students “for leadership and entrepreneurship to help maintain America’s leadership in global affairs.”

During Merritt’s term, he has been tasked with exploring and developing a proposal for an entrepreneurial minor. By next year, Merritt will deliver a proposal for the program and a proposed budget for the use of the funds. In the future, the Endowment income may be used to fund interaction between students and business professionals and provide an entrepreneurial investment fund or small business incubator for business students.

Merritt's duties will include the responsibility for establishing relationships with business professionals, businesses and professional groups to enhance experience-based learning opportunities available to Doane students.

The Kinney chair is awarded based on achievement in teaching, scholarship, and service in honor of the legacy of the donor A.R. Kinney, and by the expertise and ability of the faculty member to develop programs in entrepreneurship and create relationships with business professionals, businesses, and professional groups.

Merritt’s term officially began in August 2012, and he will serve a five-year term with the opportunity for renewal.

He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration, his master’s of business degree and doctorate of interdepartmental area of business and management from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Merritt currently serves as professor of economics and business at the School of Arts and Sciences. Merritt has taught more than 10 different courses at Doane's campus in Crete during his 15-year stint with the college. He began as a visiting assistant professor in 1997 after three years at Doane’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies, first as an adjunct assistant professor and later as the assistant and associate dean of of graduate programs in management.