College Leadership

Kathy Farrell

College Leadership

Dr. Kathy Farrell welcomed high school students from 17 states to the College of Business for the National Personal Finance Challenge 2018 competition. Dr. Kathy Farrell congratulates the MBA graduation class of 2018. Dr. Kathy Farrell poses with her son Eastin Allgood as he graduated from Nebraska after the spring 2018 semester. Faculty and staff award winners pose with Dr. Kathy Farrell at the 2018 awards ceremony Dr. Kathy Farrell with awardees at the 2018 Dean's Advisory Board Award Luncheon. The Teaching and Learning Center Open House showcased an important new facility for the college. Dr. Kathy Farrell helps open the Career Closet with representatives from Union Bank & Trust, where business students can choose free business clothing to help them get off on the right foot in business interviews. Dr. Kathy Farrell engages with faculty and staff at one of her Kathy's Point social gatherings, held regularly throughout the school year in different settings at Howard L. Hawks Hall. Dr. Kathy Farrell speaking at Gala for opening of Howard L. Hawks Hall building. Dignitaries line up with Herbie Husker and Dr. Kathy Farrell to cut the ribbon on the newly opened Howard L. Hawks Hall. Students meet regularly with Dr. Kathy Farrell. Dr. Kathy Farrell at the 2017 spring commencement ceremonies Dr. Kathy Farrell at a meeting of the Dean's Advisory Board Dr. Kathy Farrell congratulates the graduating cohort of the 2017 MAIAA program Dr. Kathy Farrell spoke and later presented sales certificates to students of the Certificate Proram in Sales Excellence Dr. Kathy Farrell with awardees at the 2017 Dean's Advisory Board Award Luncheon Dr. Kathy Farrell leads Executive Insights panel at Nebraska Union. Dr. Kathy Farrell praises student accomplishments at the graduation celebration of the first Honors Academy cohort Dr. Kathy Farrell has fun getting her photo taken with Dr. John Geppert and a promotional cutout of herself. Dr. Kathy Farrell addresses the Phi Beta Lambda business competition featuring high schools students from across Nebraska University of Nebraska–Lincoln Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer of Academic Affairs, Dr. Donde Plowman, congratulates Dr. Kathy Farrell on appointment to interim Dean Members of the Finance Advisory Board meet with Dr. Kathy Farrell. Dr. Kathy Farrell accepts appointment as interim College of Business Dean. Executive Education Power Lunch featuring Dr. Kathy Farrell. The Executive Insights facilitated discussions between professionals and business students. Dr. Kathy Farrell and Dr. Donna Dudney meet with friends and families at a Back to School Bash event. Dr. Kathy Farrell won the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1996 and the University Distinguished Teaching Award in 2004. Dr. Kathy Farrell has more than 20 years experience teaching banking and finance courses at the College of Business. Before becoming interim dean, Dr. Kathy Farrell served as chair of the Department of Finance. Dr. Kathy Farrell helps facilitate a College of Business faculty meeting with local young adult marketing firm Archrival.

Kathy Farrell

Kathy Farrell

Dr. Kathy Farrell became the James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean of the College of Business on December 1, 2017. Farrell served nearly one year as interim dean of the College of Business at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln before becoming the permanent dean. An experienced academic and business leader, Farrell served as associate dean for four years before becoming the chair of the Department of Finance in 2014.

She is also the State Farm Professor of Finance and has more than 20 years of experience teaching university courses in banking and finance. After joining the College of Business in 1993, she achieved tenure in 2002 and full professor in 2009. She also received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1996 and the University Distinguished Teaching Award in 2004.

Farrell’s research interests include executive compensation, executive turnover and succession and other corporate governance issues. Her publications have appeared in such journals as the Journal of Business, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, National Tax Journal, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Research and others.

Prior to earning her Ph.D. in finance from the University of Georgia, Farrell was an auditor for KPMG Peat Marwick in Baltimore and Atlanta and earned the designation of Certified Public Accountant (inactive). She received her bachelor's degree from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

She also serves on the board of directors of Nelnet, Inc., a NYSE company headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Assurity, Inc., a mutual insurance company headquartered in Lincoln.

Visit with Dean Kathy Farrell Mondays 4-5 p.m. in HLH 301
All Business Students Are Welcome!

Dean Kathy Farrell with CoB Management Team

College of Business Management Team

Beck, Tammy

Tammy Beck

Dr. Tammy E. Beck joined the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business in 2014 and is currently associate dean of graduate programs and executive education and associate professor of management. She formerly worked at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she was an assistant professor of management and organization science.

Beck received her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at San Antonio and M.B.A. from the University of Houston. Her research interests include

macro-level strategic management, inter-organizational collaboration and organizational resilience. Her research has been published in top journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management and Organization Science.

She has previously held management positions in publicly-traded firms in roles related to strategic, financial and tax planning. Beck also has more than 20 years of professional experience as a CPA.

Dudney, Donna

Donna Dudney

Dr. Donna Dudney is the associate dean of undergraduate curriculum and programs at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business. She earned her Ph.D. in finance from the University of Nebraska in interdepartmental area of business and her MBA from Nebraska. Her teaching interests include financial institutions and markets, project analysis and investments. Her research interests include asset pricing, market efficiency/market anomalies, fixed income, corporate governance and valuation. Her areas of expertise are financial institutions, financial markets and investing, and managerial economics.

Dudney's publications include “Does the Quality of Financial Advice Affect Prices?” Financial Review; Management Use of Image Restoration Strategies to Address SOX 404 Material Weakness” Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal; and “Should More Local Governments Purchase a Bond Rating?” Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting.

Near, Janet P

Janet Near

Dr. Janet P. Near is the associate dean of faculty and research at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business. She earned her Ph.D. from the State University of New York, Buffalo. Her research interests include antecedents and consequences of life satisfaction and job satisfaction, and antecedents and consequences of organizational dissent (e.g., whistleblowing).

Near has co-written three books, most recently Whistle-blowing in Organizations. In addition, she has authored or co-authored more than 70 refereed journal articles published in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal and Academy of Management Review. She has served as an elected representative to both the OB Division and the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management and received a fellowship with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Academic Leadership Fellows Program in 1991-92 (associated with Big Ten universities); her other service activities include being department chairperson and doctoral programs chairperson at Indiana during her time there.

Barrera, Rik

Rik Barrera

Rik Barrera is the associate dean of student services and chief operating officer of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business. He oversees all business operations, financial reporting, budget preparation, human resources, facility/plant management, IT operations and staff development.

Barrera joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1994 as the chair of the Military Science Department and following

retirement from the U.S. Army in 1998, took the position of business manager of the Beadle Business Center at Nebraska. Barrera joined the College of Business in October of 2011. Before coming to Nebraska, he taught leadership, ethics and military law at the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He earned a master’s degree in management and human relations from Webster University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona.

Buss, D'vee K

D'vee Buss

D'vee Buss is an assistant dean for undergraduate programs of the University Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business. Buss administers student programming for the college, including recruitment, academic advising, study abroad, learning communities, and academic success. She also supervises the development and delivery of BSAD 101, Business Leadership Development, a

course required for all new freshmen in the College. Buss originally joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1975. She received her Ph.D. in education-administration, specializing interests in higher education and college student development. Her doctorate, along with her M.A. in educational psychology, and a B.S. in business administration are from Nebraska.

Means, Tawnya

Tawnya Means

Tawnya Means is an assistant dean at the University Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business. Means administers the Teaching and Learning Center at the college, as well as facilitating issues related to technology in the classroom and student learning.

She spent ten years as the director for the Teaching and Learning Center at the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida. Her research interests include online and blended teaching and learning, technology for teaching, faculty preparation to teach and more.