Vice President for Access, Equity and Diversity Job Posting

Doane College, a nationally recognized liberal arts and sciences college in Crete, Nebraska seeks an innovative and strategic leader for the position of Vice President for Access, Equity and Diversity (VPAED).  The College recognizes that access, equity and diversity are educational, economic, and civic imperatives and that diversity is essential to achieving academic excellence.  The ideal candidate will be a visionary and transformative thought leader, who has demonstrated experience and influence in achieving positive change in an academic setting in the areas of access, equity, diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism, community, economic development and educational and employment equity.

The VPAED serves on the President’s Cabinet and works in close collaboration with senior academic and administrative leadership. The VPAED leads the development and implementation of the College’s Diversity Plan, collaborates with departments college-wide to identify opportunities and barriers to the College’s efforts to recruit and retain a diverse community of successful students, faculty and staff and leads and supports diversity-building programs across campuses.  The VPAED represents the College and its diversity programs to external audiences and collaborates with academic and administrative leaders to develop external community partnerships including global connections that serve institutional diversity goals. 

The successful candidate will have an excellent track record in managing change along with proven experience as an organizational leader and program builder, particularly around initiatives that promote diversity, equity, access and inclusion in a higher education environment or other major organization.  They will have the ability to facilitate connections and build partnerships and collaborations with internal and external stakeholders.  The candidate must be a collaborative leader with strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.  Knowledge of higher education compliance regulations, particularly Title VI, Title IX and Section 504 desired.  Advanced degree required, earned doctorate or terminal degree preferred.

To apply:  complete and submit an application, available on the website at, along with a cover letter, resume and three references to  To view the full job description go to The search will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Doane College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Arts Are Basic Workshop Host




Arts Are Basic training program                         

Arts Are Basic (AAB) is a training program in aesthetic education that offers year-round benefits to teachers and their students. As a partner program of Doane's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETAL), AAB helps teachers learn how to use visual and performing arts as a way to engage students in learning. This is the first year AAB was held at Doane. Twenty teachers from five schools attended this year's program, along with two Master Teaching Artists and four Nebraska Teaching Artists.

Alumni Master
In April, Doane welcomed alumni master's speaker, Zach Ainsworth '96. Since 1998, Ainsworth has worked for the U.S. Secret Service, specifically on domestic terrorism and civil disturbance issues between 2000 and 2006. Today, he is the chief intelligence analyst for the Risk Management Branch of the Protective Intelligence and Assessment Division at Secret Service headquarters.

Rall Gallery Exhibits:

"Black and White"
The display included prints, drawings, photography and ceramic art from the college's art collection. It showcased works by regional, national and international artists of the 20th century.

"Phota Lisa" by Lisa McClurkin Vargason '91
Vargason, an art major, describes her current exhibit as an attempt to capture the beauty of "the island life" by using surrounding scenery or the people living on the islands. Vargason's first trip to the Caribbean Islands was in 2007 as part of a Doane Interterm experience.

Paintings, Drawings & Installations by Stefani Rossi
Rossi received her MFA from Colorado State University and is teaching design, drawing and art history at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, PA.

Marketing Awards
Doane's Marketing Office earned the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) district's first-place "Sweepstakes Winner" honor for the third consecutive year in 2010.  This award is given to the college with the most awards in the enrollment category of 3,000 - 5,000 students (competing against an eight-state region.) Doane received nine awards in design, writing, advertising and institutional branding during the annual conference in January. 

John Leonard Harris

John Leonard Harris-Encouragement Unlimited, Inc.

Doane student leaders learned about their leadership potential during a student leader dinner and dialogue Thursday, Feb. 4 with John Leonard Harris. Harris is founder and president of Encouragement Unlimited, Inc., a faith-based charitable organization. He also is an author and popular keynote and conference speaker, lecturing nationally in academia and the business world on issues of diversity, cultural awareness, leadership, motivation and organizational effectiveness. Harris has a long history in higher education, working at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His lecture was sponsored by Doane's Multicultural Support Services organization in celebration of Black History month.

Doane College Honors: 

Honor Roll
In March of 2010 Doane was named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the third consecutive year. This honor is the highest federal recognition a college can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

Doane  earned a spot among the top 20 in Forbes' 2010 list of "The Best Religiously Affiliated Colleges" in the nation. Doane, ranked 13 on the list, is the only school from Nebraska listed. In the overall Forbes' ranking released in August, Doane finished among the top two Nebraska colleges and near the top 25 percent of undergraduate institutions nationwide in "America's Best Colleges."

Princeton Review
In the same month, Doane earned a "Best in the Midwest" ranking from the Princeton Review and ranked in the first tier of the nation's liberal arts colleges and tied for the top Nebraska college in the 2011 edition of "Best Colleges" by U.S. News Media Group.

U.S. News
Doane College ranked in the first tier of the nation's liberal arts colleges and tied for the top Nebraska college in the 2011 edition of "Best Colleges" by U.S. News Media Group, released Aug. 17. Doane ranked 152nd among liberal arts colleges, which emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half their degrees in the arts and sciences.

Washington Monthly
Washington Monthly ranked Doane College the second best liberal arts college in Nebraska and 138th nationally. Created as an alternative to U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings, Washington Monthly's rankings are based on three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Dion Jordan

Dion Jordan

Audiences on the Crete campus heard Dion Jordan's advice for "Living the Dream" as part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day events. Jordan, a successful motivational speaker, consultant and author who has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and in USA Today, spoke Jan. 18 in Heckman.

Writing Center Update

In it's inaugural year, the Writing Center conducted 221 student sessions.  The Writing Center, led by director Phil Weitl and staffed by student workers, is a resource for student writers of all ability levels and at all stages of the writing process. 

Ray Blue
Saxophonist Ray Blue, an international performer whose music spans from television commercials to documentaries and live theatre, performed "Night of Jazz and spoken word poetry" in February at Doane.

Athletic Training Outreach Program

Doane College and Crete Area Medical Center (CAMC) began an Athletic Training Outreach partnership. Athletic trainers office on the Doane campus, while CAMC employs, supervises and oversees the program. Greg Heier, Doane Athletic Director, said that the decision was made to partner with CAMC because of the additional benefits it provides student athletes. "Due to the growth of our athletic programs in terms of both size and scope, it was increasingly difficult to address the full range of athletic training needs with internal resources," said Heier.  "The partnership is designed to increase the athletic training resources, including number of athletic trainers and their availability."

Spring Music Events

  • The Doane Choir performed in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas during a 10-day tour in January, concluding with a home concert February 1.
  • Students from more than 95 high schools were on campus Jan. 10-11 for the 34th annual Vocal Festival with Dr. Kurt Runestad, Director of Choral Activities. The festival provides high-school students a chance to participate in an honor choir and to prepare and sing a contest solo for comment from faculty members.
  • SWE and Jazz Ensemble performed across Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska. The groups' Feb. 27- March 1 tour included performances in high schools in Bloomington, Minn.; Clear Lake, Iowa, and in Crete's All City Band Concert.
  • Collegiate Chorale and Doane Choir performed separately and together at the spring choral concert. The choir performed Brahms's Liebeslieder Walzer (Songs of Love).  Opening (and closing) was Thomas Tallis's Spem in Alium, written around 1570 and in 40 parts.  Doane Choir and members of Collegiate Chorale combined to present this rarely performed masterpiece. 
  • The 47-member Doane College Concert Band performed free outdoor concerts in Wyoming, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, South Dakota and Nebraska during its "Way out West Tour" in May. The concerts featured the music of DvoÅ™ák, Gershwin, Rimsky-Korsakov and several marches by John Philip Sousa. Dr. Jay Gilbert, chair of the Music Department conducted the band, while Dr. Tom King, professor of secondary education, served as tour announcer. The tour concluded with a performance during the May 31st Memorial Day Ceremony in Riverside Cemetery in Crete, Nebraska.

Hispanic Heritage Month
Doane celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month with poetry and music on Sept. 14. Poet Dominique Garay and musician Oscar Rios, founder of the multicultural ensemble "Kusi Taki" took the stage in Common Grounds Coffeehouse.

Livengood Inducted into NAIA Hall-of-Fame

Mary Livengood inducted to NAIA Hall of Fame

In May, Dr. Mary Livengood Sutherland '01 was inducted into the NAIA Hall-of-Fame. Livengood earned All-American honors eight times in track and twice in cross country while also receiving NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors twice in both track and cross country. She was a three-time NAIA individual champion, winning the indoor 3,000m and outdoor 5,000m and 10,000m during her senior season and helping the Tigers win the school's first-ever national title during the outdoor season.

Alternative Spring Break Group
Nine Doane students spent their spring break in Philadelphia, Penn., working for the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge, a residence center for cancer patients. Alternative Spring Break is a student organization that travels to a variety of out-of-state locations to complete service-learning opportunities with non-profit organizations. Previous trips for ASB have included traveling to Galveston, Texas, and New Orleans to help with hurricane damage, along with working with the Young Women's Christian Association in Oklahoma City, Okla., one year.

Forensics Success
Doane's Forensics Team placed 19th at the AFA National Individual Events Tournament in April.  In attendance were 78 colleges and universities nationwide, and no divisions were based on school size.  Doane was the only liberal arts college from Nebraska to place, and was the second highest ranked liberal arts college overall.  Sarah Snyder '10 was selected for the All-American Team - the fifth consecutive year Doane had a student selected.

Also in April, the first-year forensic team members won first place at the Novice National Tournament.

Amanda Bouc '11 took 4th place at the Interstate Oratorical Association's National Contest hosted by the University of Oklahoma-Norman.

New Hires in 2010



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