Dr. Donde Plowman, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean of the College of Business Administration, welcomed more than 140 alumni and business professionals to campus on Friday, September 13, for the 2013 UNL College of Business Administration Partnership Summit and Advisory Board meetings. The summit provides an opportunity for some of the top business leaders in the country to share ideas and strategize with administrators, faculty and each other.
Plowman also delivered the State of the College Address to board members before lunch at the Nebraska Champions Club. She emphasized the importance of raising the stature and visibility of the college, continuing to build community and the need for a new facility.
“We continue to focus on community at CBA and frankly, that’s one of the reasons this new building we’re creating is so important,” Plowman said. “We keep growing our enrollment numbers, and now we need a place to put everyone. It’s through the contributions from all the great people in Nebraska that we are able to do that.”
In addition to Plowman’s State of the College Address, Shawn Eichorst, director of athletics at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln gave the keynote address. Eichorst sees a parallel between the success of the athletic department and the work being done at CBA.
Shawn Eichorst and Donde Plowman
“There is no project more important to athletics at UNL than the new college of business building,” Eichorst said. “This is my second stint working at a Big Ten institution, and they all have premiere business schools that make them extremely competitive. The new building will help us when we are recruiting athletes to Nebraska, so we need to get this building done.”
The Dean’s Advisory Board met in the morning to discuss future plans for CBA, such as recruitment of students and faculty, partnerships with the business community and the new CBA building.
A total of 13 advisory boards met at CBA during the day. Other boards included actuarial science, school of accountancy, junior school of accountancy, finance, marketing, management, MBA, supply chain management, center for entrepreneurship, bureau of business research, young alumni and economic education.
More than 270 CBA supporters also attended a tailgate prior to the Nebraska vs. UCLA football game at the site of the new CBA building at 14th
and Vine streets, just north of the Kauffman Academic Residential Center. Plowman shared details about the new building and talked to attendees about their experiences at CBA.
The 240,000 square-foot building will be built through private donations and is scheduled for completion in January 2017.