President's Leadership Team

President's Leadership Team


Mike Carpenter

Vice President for Information Technology & CIO

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Mike Carpenter is Doane University’s Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer and is responsible for driving Doane’s Information Technology strategy. 
Mike joined Doane in June of 2007 and has over twenty years experience leading information technology organizations. Prior to Doane, Mike was the Vice President of Information Technology for National Research Corporation. His career spans four industries including Defense, Technology, Healthcare Market Research and Education.  Organizations he has worked for include public and private institutions ranging in size from medium-sized business to a Global Fortune 50 Corporation. 

Amanda McKinney

Associate Dean of Health Sciences & Executive Director IHPH

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Amanda McKinney is a physician with a passion for Lifestyle Medicine and environmental issues who recognizes the intimate relationship between our food and the health of both humans and the planet. She is both a Fellow and a member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the Director of Doane University's Institute for Human and Planetary Health (IHPH). She founded the IHPH to improve human health by transforming medical education and healthcare delivery and creating healthy, resilient communities. Creating a culture of healthy food, grown sustainably, will have a positive impact on human and planetary health.

Laura Northup

Director of Human Resources

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Laura joined Doane University in October 2006 and serves as the Director of Human Resources and 504 Compliance Officer. Laura is responsible for developing the Human Resources strategies and goals for Doane University.  Although, Laura does work with all areas of HR, she specializes in employee relations, talent management, compensation, benefits administration, and policy development and compliance.

Laura has a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources from Doane and a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.

Julie Schmidt

Vice President for Financial Affairs

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Julie joined Doane in August 2006. She comes to Doane from the Nebraska Heart Institute where she was CFO for 8 years.  She oversees all financial aspects of the college.

Marsha Schrader

Executive Assistant to the President

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Hello everyone and thank you for looking further into who I am.

I started at Doane University in the position as Office Manager to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students in July 29, 2016. Working for the Student Affairs division was a great new experience as I was excited to be part of the very active student scene. I am now working in the President's Office and am the Executive Assistant and ready for this next experience of learning more about what makes Doane work.

Before coming to Doane, I worked at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior from September 2014 to July 2016. Most of my experience in higher education was in Academic Affairs at Chadron State College in Chadron, NE, from May 2006 to July 2014.

I was born in Kansas but consider myself a Nebraskan. I married my native Nebraskan husband 38 years ago and raised our three sons, Michael, Mathew and Andrew, in southwest Nebraska.

I firmly believe the following quote, "The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today." H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Thank you again and I hope your time here at Doane has been just a wonderful as what I have experienced.