Meet Dr. Roger Hughes

Roger Hughes first joined the Doane family in 1979. He returned to campus as our 13th president in June 2021 after 40 years of learning, leadership and love of the Tiger community.

Dr. Roger
Doane Tiger statue on campus

Board of Trustees

Doane University’s Board of Trustees is an independent elected body that oversees implementation and prioritization of the strategic plan. They meet three times each year.

Board of Trustees
John Allbery '80
Elected 2018
Independent Corporate Director
Denver, CO
Drew Bagley
Elected 2016
Chair of BOT Technology and Innovation Committee
Principal Consultant, Flywheel Education
Orlando, FL
Richard A. Bartlett '88
Elected 2007
Chair, Technology and Innovation Committee
Principal & Co Chairman Lone Peak Capital and Chairman, CD2 Learning LLC
Overland Park, KS
Patrick E. Beans '79
Elected 2007
Manager
Amandla, LLC

Lincoln, NE

Bruce Berglund '88
Elected 2019
Founder and President, Donor By Design (DBD Group)

Palatine, IL

 

Ann Songster Cahill '72
Elected 2011
Educator & Community Philanthropist

St. Louis, MO
Donald M. Campbell '61
Elected 2011
Principal
Partners for Growth Managers

San Francisco, CA
Barbara R. Cole M.D. '63
Elected 2008
(Retired) Director of Pediatric Nephrology
Mount Pleasant, SC
Kenneth E. Fridrich '59
Elected 1969
(Retired) Managing Director, Marketing-Pension Services,
The Principal Financial Group
Omaha, NE
Susan Fritz Ph.D.
Elected 2017-19; 2020-
Chair, Building and Grounds Committee
(Retired) Emerita Executive Vice President and Provost, Dean of the Graduate College
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Crete, NE

Toni Ganzel M.D.
Elected 2005
Chair, Academic Affairs Committee
Dean, School of Medicine
Professor of Surgery and Otolaryngology,
University of Louisville School of Medicine

Louisville, KY

Richard C. "Rick" Gibson '57
Elected 1998
Chair, Advancement Committee
CEO, Agro International Inc.
Council Bluffs, IA
Kim Heier '87, '05A
Elected 2017
Chair, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Philanthropist
Former Vice President for Student Leadership, Doane College

Sedona, AZ
Dick Held '70 
Elected 2007
Real Estate Investor
Los Angeles, CA

Jane Renner Hood Ph.D. '66
Elected 2011
(Retired) Executive Director of the Nebraska Humanities Council
Lincoln, NE

Daniel L. Jackman '89 (Vice Chair)
Elected 2006
Chair, Audit and Business Committee
Director, BDA International Pte Ltd.
Singapore

Troy Kanter '90
Elected 2005-2008, 2009-
Chair, Enrollment Services Committee
Private Investor, Former President, Kenexa, Inc.
Lincoln, NE
Reverend Jim Keck
Elected 2011
Sr. Minister, 1st Plymouth Congregational Church (UCC)

Lincoln, NE

Jody King '85
Elected 2020
Vice President and Director of Financial Planning, Fiduciary Trust Company

Beverly, MA

Lonnie Mahrt ’86
Elected 2018
(Retired) Senior Vice President, Head of Customer Communications Management, CSG

Fremont, NE
Allen Moore '73 
Elected 2016
Chair, Investment Committee
(Retired) President/Investment Consultant
Smith Hayes Financial Services Corporation

Lincoln, NE
Carrie Morton '98
Elected 2019
Actuary
Principal Financial Group

Waukee, IA
Mark Mulkey M.D. '82
Elected 2017
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Mason City Clinic

Mason City, IA
Bill Pallett Ph.D. '71
Elected 2018
(Retired) President, The Individual Development and Educational Assessment Center (IDEA)

Manhattan, KS
 
Allison Petersen '78 (Secretary)
Elected 1982-1994, 2004-

Walton, NE
Enrique E. Sanchez '74
Elected 2005
(Retired) Executive Manager, Purchasing, Warehousing, and Inventories
Division of the Panama Canal Authority
Rep. de Panama
Paul Schelstraete, J.D. '70 (Chair)
Elected 2007 
President, City Bank and Trust Co.
Crete, NE
dick shoemaker

Dick Shoemaker '72
Elected 2022
Chairman
Pinpoint Holdings
Cambridge, NE

Jill Smith,  J.D '74
Elected 1997
(Retired) General Counsel, Mayo Clinic
Eden Prairie, MN
Tony Sorrentino J.D.
Elected 2016
Chair, Governance and Nominations Committee
General Counsel, Silverstone Group
Omaha, NE
betsy tonninges

Betsy Tonniges Ed.D. '06, '08E, '11E
Elected 2022
Alumni Council Representative
Owner
Primrose of Lincoln Wilderness Hills

Lincoln, NE 

Amy Vertin M.D. '95 
Elected 2015
Chair, Student Affairs Committee
Emergency Department Medical Director
Crete Area Medical Center

Crete, NE 

 

The Board of Trustees meet three times a year with meetings occurring in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. 

Emeriti Trustees

Jack E. Barker, J.D. ('61), 1996-2012, President (Retired), Mountain States Employers Council (Retired), Littleton, CO
Donn Crilly, M.D. '50, 1980-2019, Vascular Surgeon (Retired), Superior, Nebraska

Jacob H. Dering, 1982-2008, Pharmacist, (Retired), Crete, NE
Donald F. Dillon, 1988-2007, Chairman, Fiserv, Lincoln, NE
George A. Drake, Ph.D., 1995-2014, Emeritus President/Professor, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
Melvin E. Emeigh ('58), 1977-2001, Allstate Insurance, Sierra Vista, AZ
Robert R. Haack ('51), 1976-2006, Former Vice President of Finance and Comptroller, Northwestern Bell Telephone Co., Rio Verde, AZ
George F. Haddix, Ph.D. ('62), 1999-2014, Member/Manager Riverton Management Resources, LLC, Ralston, NE
Edward G. Heilman, J.D. ('67), 1989-2012, Attorney at Law, Palm Desert, CA
Ken E. James ('69), 1989-2017, Consultant, Hewitt Associates (Retired), Sunset, SC
Eugene A. Klingler, Jr. M.D. ('57),1976-2016, Surgeon; Medical Director, Manhattan Ambulatory Surgical Hospital, Manhattan, KS
Linda Mann, Ph.D., 2001-2007, Dean (Retired), College of Communication and Fine Arts, Grossmont College, Hillsboro, OR
Kenneth J. McCumber ('68), 1999-, Senior. Vice President-Sales (Retired), Airborne Express, Bend, OR
Dennis E, Nelson ('67), 1992-2015, DENCO Group, Marblehead, MA
John Nelson, 1992-2015, Chairman, SilverStone Group, Inc., Council Bluffs, IA
Kim M. Robak, J.D., 1995-2012, Partner, Ruth Mueller and Robak, LLC, Lincoln, NE
William E. Shoemaker ('68), 1975-2004, Private Investor, Cambridge, NE
Peter Sura ('66), 1979-1996, Senior Management ABN AMRO Bank of Amsterdam (Retired), Konstanz, Germany
John M. Vasak, Ph.D. ('67), 1997-2013, Director, (Retired) Division Operations, the MITRE Corp.,(Retired) Vienna, VA
Lois Weyers ('67), 2004-2017, Educator, Green Bay Public Schools (Retired), DePere, WI
Earl L. Wright, 1987-2010, President and CEO, AMG National Trust Bank, NA, Englewood, CO

Leadership Team

Made up of key administrators and university leaders, the leadership team provides collaboration across Doane’s residential and non-residential campuses and online platforms.

Derek Bierman

Chief Information Officer
derek.bierman@doane.edu
402.826.8333

Lorie Cook-Benjamin

Chief Academic Officer
lorie.cookbenjamin@doane.edu
402.826.8221
 

Marty Fye

Vice President for Institutional Advancement
marty.fye@doane.edu
402.826.8261

Judy Kawamoto

Vice President of Student Experience
judy.kawamoto@doane.edu
402.826.2161

Linda Scholting

VP for Business and Finance/CFO
linda.scholting@doane.edu
402.826.6777

Jenei Skillett

Senior Executive Assistant to the President
jenei.skillett@doane.edu
402.826.8253

Luis Sotelo

Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
luis.sotelo@doane.edu
402.826.8116
 

Mark Wateska

Director of Athletics
mark.wateska@doane.edu
402.826.2161

Kristopher Williams

Director of Institutional Effectiveness
kristopher.williams@doane.edu
402.826.8255

Anne Ziola

Director of Human Resources
anne.ziola@doane.edu
402.826.6795

Meet our Deans

Doane University has four colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business, Education and the School of Innovative Learning

Pedro Maligo

Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

pedro.maligo@doane.edu

402.826.8221

Jennifer Bossard

Dean of the College of Business

jennifer.bossard@doane.edu

402.826.8275

Tim Frey

Dean of the College of Education

timothy.frey@doane.edu

402.826.8646

Megan Failor

Dean of Students

megan.failor@doane.edu

402.826.6721