Dr. Sepich Introduced as Director of Graduate Business Programs

Deb Sepich

Dr. Lorie Cook-Benjamin, Dean of the College of Professional Studies, recently introduced Dr. Deb Sepich as the new Director of Graduate Business Programs.

Dr. Sepich comes to Doane with 14 years of experience in higher education, most recently serving as the Director of the Dunklau School of Business at Midland University. Prior to her time at Midland, Dr. Sepich was the Dean of the Vucurevich School of Business at the University of Sioux Falls from March 2015 through January 2017. At Doane, Dr. Sepich will primarily reside on the Lincoln campus, helping lead the MAM and MBA programs while also establishing new academic partnerships to enhance existing ground and online programs.

"I'm very excited to be at Doane," Sepich says. "Doane is a very well-respected university. The way Doane operates is how I would like to see an education function so I was really excited to find an opportunity here."

Sepich earned an Ed.D in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University and an MBA from George Fox University in Portland, Oregon. Sepich has extensive teaching experience, including teaching marketing courses at Trinity Western University in Canada and Tianjin University in China.

Prior to her experiences in education, Sepich worked for Dolphin Software in Lake Oswego, Oregon for 14 years, eventually becoming the Chief Operating Officer and later Chief Marketing Officer. Sepich developed and co-founded the software company, which grew to $15 million in annual revenue streams. Sepich says she has been able to hone the skills she used in the business environment to translate into her roles in higher education.

"At Doane I hope we can streamline our offerings in a way that makes it very interesting and palatable to the marketplace," Sepich says. "There shouldn't be any questions or ambiguities about what we deliver. I'm excited to create professional relationships with organizations around the state that are looking to develop leaders in their organizations and industries."