Doane University — President

Doane University announces the search for its 13th president. The search begins after more than a decade of successful growth and dedicated leadership by Dr. Jacque Carter, who has announced his decision to retire in June 2021. Doane University is in an enviable position within Nebraska’s private higher education landscape, with a strong tradition of liberal arts learning at its Crete campus and a well-established presence in undergraduate, graduate and professional education in Lincoln and Omaha. Doane University also has an active and robust online presence, one that grew significantly under Dr. Carter’s leadership. The university benefits from strong fiscal stability and a substantial endowment, a talented and dedicated community of faculty and staff, and a loyal student and alumni base. In its next President, Doane seeks a visionary and inspiring leader who will harness the multi-faceted strengths of Doane to build a world-class University to serve the needs of 21st century learners and the communities in which they live and work. 

Doane University is the oldest private institution of higher education in Nebraska. Founded in 1872 as Doane College, its main campus in Crete is home to the College of Arts and Sciences, which offers undergraduate programs for traditional, residential students. As a comprehensive university rooted in the liberal arts, Doane is also recognized for its convenient, affordable education programs in the College of Education, College of Business, College of Professional Studies, and School of Integrative Learning, which have undergraduate and graduate programs available at satellite campuses in Nebraska’s largest metro areas — Lincoln and Omaha — as well as programs that are available fully online. Doane offers 48 undergraduate majors, 13 master’s programs and 1 doctoral degree.  Doane has a total of 104 full-time faculty and 140 part-time faculty. Approximately 87 percent of the full-time Doane faculty have a terminal degree, and over 55 percent are tenured. The University has 262 staff members. Doane University is on strong financial footing, with an annual operating budget of $40M, and a managed endowment of $120M.  

Doane continually receives national recognition from some of the most prestigious publications across the country. For their 2019 college rankings, The Wall Street Journal rated Doane as the 2nd best university in Nebraska. Doane was only one of four institutions in the state to receive recognition from the WSJ/Times Higher Education. In addition, U.S. News and World Report named Doane a “Top National Liberal Arts College,” ranking among the top 150 schools nationally. The Princeton Review labeled Doane a “Best Midwestern School,” and Forbes included Doane among their “America’s Best Colleges” list. 

The next President of Doane University will have the opportunity to shape a vision for Doane that embraces the University’s commitment to academic excellence and curriculum rooted in the liberal arts, its continual implementation of innovative and evidence-based pedagogies, a strategic array of academic offerings, and its demonstrated alumni success at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She or he will find a dedicated community eager to build on its strong foundation and to partner in the development of an inspiring strategic plan that will position Doane as a transformational leader in Nebraska’s higher education landscape.

Doane’s next President must be prepared by experience and disposition to work closely with the entire community to continue the institution’s trajectory of excellence, to celebrate its robust traditions, to harness the opportunities presented by being a multi-campus institution, and to lead the University to even greater academic innovation and distinction. She or he will be expected to guide the articulation of goals that are both inspiring and achievable while nourishing the community’s will, spirit and resources needed to attain them.

The Doane University Presidential Search Committee will begin to evaluate applications immediately. Candidates should submit materials no later than March 12, 2021 to ensure fullest consideration. The new President is expected to begin work on July 1, 2021.

Applications should include a letter of candidacy that responds to the agenda for leadership and the desired attributes for a new President and a complete résumé or vita. For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

Jim Sirianni, Partner
Julie Williams-Krishnan, Senior Associate
Storbeck Search 

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