LEADING THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS

"Nebraska Business will remain true to the university's core mission as a land grant institution while emerging as a premier public business college in the U.S. through innovative research, dedicated teaching and committed service to our community." -- Dean Kathy Farrell

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James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean


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.

Tenured as the State Farm Professor of Finance, she attained 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.

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As a student at Nebraska Business, you are part of a community that believes in you and helps you grow. Share your story and your ideas with Dean Farrell. She hosts students on a weekly basis during the academic calendar year.

Associate and Assistant Deans


Rik Barrera
ASSOCIATE DEAN OF STUDENT SERVICES AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

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.


Tammy Beck
ASSOCIATE DEAN OF GRADUATE PROGRAMS AND EXTERNAL ENGAGEMENT

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.


Donna Dudney
ASSOCIATE DEAN OF UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM AND PROGRAMS

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.


Janet Near
ASSOCIATE DEAN OF FACULTY AND RESEARCH

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.


D'Vee Buss
ASSISTANT DEAN FOR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

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 111, 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.


Tawnya Means
ASSISTANT DEAN

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.

Department and Program Chairs


Sohi, Ravi
Marketing
Ryan, Jennifer K
Supply Chain Management and Analytics
Vagts, Sue
Actuarial Science