Dr. Kathy Farrell became the James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean of the College of Business on December 1, 2017, after serving nearly one year as
interim dean. An experienced academic and business leader, Farrell served as associate dean for four years and chair of the Department of Finance for
two years prior to serving as Dean. 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.
After joining the College of Business in 1993, she began teaching corporate finance and banking for over 20 years. She received the Distinguished
Teaching Award and the University Distinguished Teaching Award along with achieving tenure in 2001 and full professor in 2009.
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.