Doane Announces Leadership for New Omaha Campus

Doane Announces Leadership for New Omaha Campus

Doane College has recently announced the hiring of Colleen Haack as director and April Paschall as coordinator of operations for its new Omaha campus. Classes are scheduled to begin in January 2014.

ColleenHaacksmimagenews.jpgHaack holds more than 20 years of professional experience. The last 15 years at First National Bank of Omaha, most recently as senior vice president. Starting in 2004, she worked for eight years as the director of election support for Election Systems & Software and served as a contractor for QAT Global.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business education and a Master of Arts in Adult and Continuing Education, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Haack, who will be responsible for the initial launch of the Omaha campus as well as program development, student and faculty recruiting, and developing relationships with the Omaha community, sees Doane’s migration into Omaha as a positive thing for the community.

“Omaha will be the recipient of what Doane College already brings to higher education,” Haack said. “Doane has a strong reputation for outstanding programs and high quality instruction and those will translate nicely to our Omaha campus.”

April.Paschallsmallnewsimage.jpgAs the new coordinator of operations, Paschall has 11 years of experience in higher education having served as staff assistant and then academic advisor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She is a 2002 graduate of Doane College with a Bachelor of Science in art and holds a Master of Arts in textile, clothing and design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is also pursuing her doctorate in human science with a specialization in gerontology.

Paschall, who is charged with operations management, academic advising and student support, and keeping the campus running smoothly, is excited about returning to her roots at Doane.

“For me it’s an awesome experience to give back to something that means so much to me and my family,” Paschall said. “It will be exciting to take that experience with Doane and expand it to our Omaha campus.”

“Doane already has a strong reputation in Omaha because of the excellence of the education programs we have offered since the 1990s,” commented Dr. John Burney, Doane College’s vice president of academic affairs. “We are thrilled that both Colleen and April have strong Omaha ties and will be able to help translate the strength of our Graduate and Professional Studies programs - flexibility, face-to-face contact with a caring faculty, and real understanding of adult learners - to this new market.”

Both Haack and Paschall started their positions in early October.

Doane's School of Graduate and Professional Studies will be offering eight undergraduate degrees, the Master of Arts in Management and Master of Arts in Counseling at its new Omaha campus beginning in January of 2014.  The location will join campuses in Crete, Grand Island and Lincoln.

The school will be located at 4020 South 147th Street. To learn more, contact us at 888.803.6263 or

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