I am grateful and excited to have a number of new leaders in place at our university who have already made great strides in furthering the effort to make Doane the strongest institution possible. This summer Dr. Paul Savory began his tenure as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dr. Lorie Cook-Benjamin took the reins as the new Dean of the College of Professional Studies. Together, the two have worked on a number of exciting initiatives across our campuses. We are also enthused to introduce Ann Greiman as the new Omaha Campus and Outreach Director. I am thrilled to welcome each of these individuals to our university and I could not be more confident and encouraged with the direction we are heading. Whether it’s implementing new programs, updating resources on campus, or our continuing efforts to invest in Doane’s long-standing successful programs, I will continue to do my best to make it a collaborative and informative process for all Doane stakeholders.
As a smaller university with tremendous pride, my hope is that you will continue to feel a strong connection to Doane, even as the years pass following your graduation.
As the colors changed on our beautiful campuses, the enrollment numbers stayed steady.
This fall marked another strong year of enrollment on the Crete campus, as we welcomed 332 new students at our opening convocation in August. The College of Professional Studies has also experienced successful numbers in enrollment, with increasing interest in a few of our new programs in particular.
In this edition of Doane Magazine you will find stories shedding light on the direction the College of Professional Studies is heading under new leadership—as Doane paves the way for future learners in a constantly evolving educational landscape. Additionally, you will find three stories of CPS graduates who have risen in their respective fields, largely crediting their experiences in the classroom at Doane for propelling them to new heights. These individuals are a great representation of how hard work pays off. Each of them pursued a master’s degree while working full-time, some while raising a family too. These alumni can be looked to as great role models, each of them making a difference in an effort to better the community.
One alumnus who has gone above and beyond—literally—with his efforts to better the community, is Chris Bombardier ’07. In this issue you will learn of his extraordinary story of a quest to climb the Seven Summits, something that has never been done by someone with hemophilia, until now.
I hope you will find these stories inspirational, enlightening, and exciting. At Doane we are always moving forward, never stopping, always learning.
Dr. Jacque Carter
Doane University President