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Trustee Spotlight

Dr. Susan FritzDr. Susan Fritz is one of the most recent appointees to the Doane University Board of Trustees, stepping into her role earlier this year. She is currently serving as the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Dean of the Graduate

College at the University of Nebraska. She has served as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs in the Provost’s Office at the University of Nebraska since August 2011. Before joining the Provost’s Office, Dr. Fritz served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Interim Dean of the Agricultural Research Division. She also directed IANR’s international agricultural programs and is a former Associate Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and department head of the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC) program. She is a 1979 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received her master’s degree in 1989 and her Ph.D. in 1993, both from UNL. In 2009, Dr. Fritz was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement and is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence.

What has been the most gratifying thing about being a Doane board member?

I have appreciated the opportunity to meet other Trustees (a group that spans the globe), administration, faculty, and students and learn about their passion for Doane University.

What are the biggest challenges the board currently faces?

Growing Doane University’s impact, sweep, and portfolio while keeping true to its mission.

What do you see in Doane’s future?

Doane University offers an outstanding, affordable private higher education experience for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Continuing to communicate this through multiple channels, including alumni, is important to the future of Doane.

With all the changes that Doane has seen in the past few years, what excites you (or concerns you) most about the future of the school?

I’m excited about the retention and graduation rates at Doane University. I’m concerned for all of higher education as I look to the many changes that put pressure on cost, access, and sustainability.

What changes in higher education should Doane be aware of as they move forward?

There are several. The number of Nebraska high school graduates is not expected to grow while the number of minority students graduating high school in the state is growing. There is an increasingly competitive scholarship environment in higher education and there is an increasing reliance on technology to teach while students become interested in blending undergraduate programs with online and face-to-face courses.

What insight will you bring to the Doane Board of Trustees given your extensive background in higher education?

Because of my background and experiences, I can provide the latest international, national, and regional higher education thinking and trend information.