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.