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Dr. Roger Hughes is Doane's 13th president.

Message from the President

To everyone reading this magazine, welcome. Whether you’ve been alumni for years, decades, or even months, I want to welcome you back to Doane, and thank you for the welcome I’ve received in my first few months as president. 

It’s so great to be back in Crete and to see that all the pieces I loved as part of my Doane education are still in place on all our campuses and in our online courses, as well. Camaraderie with classmates, connections with faculty, support of alumni for current students and programs that lead and push us into the future, all contribute to the unique experience of a Doane experience.

Not that I need to tell you — you know as well as I — that the relationships we built in college have carried us throughout our lives. Our classmates and professors have become our friends, our business partners, our mentors, and our advocates. This has been the case throughout Doane’s 149-year history, and those experiences are what I hope to create in my time as president. 

Change and the ability to adapt to changing times has always been a part of Doane. For a college that started in 1872, it was a change just to add electricity and indoor plumbing. Even the liberal arts education we receive gives us the ability to be flexible in our careers, to look critically at the world around us, and to discover ways to make it better. Now, we’re looking ahead to the university’s next 150. 

We’ve already seen change in the past several years, necessary change to keep our students and employees safe and healthy and ensure strong finances remain in place for years to come. I came on board as a new president, and new and familiar faces have joined us in administrative, faculty, and staff positions. 

Change will keep happening in the world around us and within us. But because we’re Doane Tigers, we’ll face it head-on and we’ll face it together. I think that’s another hallmark of our community and one you can see throughout the articles and anecdotes in our 94th volume of Doane Magazine — that by encountering and overcoming a challenge, we become better people. 


Dr. Roger Hughes