I am delighted to share with you another online edition of Doane Magazine. In this issue, you will see stories on a 71 year-old who recently earned his bachelor's degree through our College of Professional Studies, a Doane graduate who was the only educator in Nebraska to receive the prestigious Milken Educator Award, a new Doane graduate who will be a Fulbright Scholar before beginning medical school next fall, and a story on our Dean of the College of Education, Lyn Forester, who will be retiring this summer after 27 years at Doane.
We recently had our annual spring Commencement ceremony, which is always such a special day on our Crete campus. The weather was beautiful and we honored 439 graduates from our undergrad and graduate programs. I wish all of the graduates a sincere congratulations and best of luck in your future endeavors. Welcome to the Doane Alumni family!
The week prior to Commencement, we held our annual spring Board of Trustees meeting. Below is a brief recap of some of the action items discussed in the board meetings.
College of Business
The Board of Trustees approved a proposal from the Office of Academic Affairs to establish a College of Business at Doane University. This allows a formal academic structure for all of our undergraduate and graduate business programs to live under. Business is an area of strong interest from incoming students and graduates with a business-related degree are in high demand in the workforce. Nearly one out of every five bachelor’s degrees awarded at Doane each year is from our business programs (economics, accounting, and business administration).
Approval of the College of Business will allow us to hire a Dean for the college, explore new programs and academic opportunities, and to hire additional faculty and staff to provide resources for the new college. Additionally, we will be seeking accreditation from ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs). More information about this will be coming in the future.
Nine faculty members were approved advancement in rank and/or tenure. Those faculty members include:
Dr. Jennifer Bossard - promoted to academic rank of Professor
Dr. Erin Doyle - promoted to academic rank of Associate Professor and awarded tenure
Dr. Kathleen Hanggi - promoted to academic rank of Associate Professor and awarded tenure
Dr. Brandi Hilton-Hagemann - promoted to academic rank of Associate Professor and awarded tenure
Dr. Jared List - promoted to academic rank of Associate Professor and awarded tenure
Dr. Sharmin Sikich - promoted to academic rank of Associate Professor and awarded tenure
Kathleen Zumpfe - promoted to academic rank of Associate Professor of Practice
JL Vertin - promoted to academic rank of Associate Professor of Practice
Nathaniel Wilson - promoted to academic rank of Assistant Professor of Practice
Congratulations to each of these faculty members on their well-deserved promotions.
Resolution on fossil fuels
Doane University is committed to mitigating climate change. The Doane University Investment Committee voted to end any new direct investments in fossil fuels. Doane currently holds 1.6% of their endowment in two direct oil and gas investments. One will mature quickly and end. Doane is contractually obligated to continue the second investment for approximately 10 more years until it matures. However, in the meantime, Doane has committed to no new direct investments in the fossil fuel industry and to edit its Investment Policy accordingly. This was an initiative and request from our Student Congress.
First meeting of the Board’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
The May Board meetings marked the first time the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee had met formally after being approved earlier this year. Staff members who help support the Board committee include Luis Sotelo, Jake Hoy-Elswick, Wilma Jackson, Suzannah Rogan, Leah Rediger Schulte, and Caitlin Smith. The Committee reviewed and discussed upcoming diversity, equity, and inclusion projects and initiatives, international engagement strategy, and went through formal procedures to discuss the Committee bylaws and framework definitions. We look forward to seeing the continued discussion and progress from this Committee in the future.
I hope you have a wonderful summer!
Jacque Carter, Ph.D.