Dr. Paul Savory Appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Paul Savory

Doane University President Jacque Carter has announced the appointment of Dr. Paul Savory as the university’s Vice President of Academic Affairs.


Dr. Savory comes to Doane with a wealth of higher education and corporate experience. He comes to Doane following a two-year stint working with Union Pacific Railroad where he served as a data analytics scientist at the Fortune 200 company. Prior to his time at UP, he was Vice President of Academic Affairs at Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha serving as the Chief Academic Officer to direct the operations and workforce for three academic divisions and academic units in support of the college’s 1,000 students. Savory also has extensive teaching experience from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he served as a professor in the Industrial and Management Systems Engineering Department and the Department of Management.


“Paul will be a strong advocate for evolving a new paradigm for undergraduate study that erodes the long-standing divide between liberal and professional education,” commented Carter. “He understands that leading universities are seeking to prepare students for this changing world by encouraging students to include both liberal arts and professional coursework in their programs of study. He will use his rich analytic and systems skills to help us identify new areas of programming and investments that will help us realize our vision of building a 21st century entrepreneurial university.”


He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Operations Research from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University.


“Doane is at a really exciting point in its 145 year history,” stated Savory. “I am eager to partner with our campus and community stakeholders to develop unique programs and efforts, such as our new bachelor's degree in Engineering, to make Doane a more comprehensive campus while ensuring that we remain an outstanding place for students to learn.”


Dr. Savory will begin his duties on July 5 and will replace Dr. John Burney who served in a dual role at Doane as VPAA as well as Dean of the Faculty since 2010. Burney will be returning to a faculty role at Doane.

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