Welcome Address - Dr. Kathy Farrell,
James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean of the College of Business
Kathy Farrell was named permanent dean of the College of Business on Dec. 1st, 2017 by Executive Vice Chancellor Donde Plowman. “Kathy Farrell is exactly the right person to take the College of Business to the next level. “Plowman said.
Farrell is taking the helm as permanent dean at a pivotal moment in the university’s history and the college’s trajectory. Nebraska Business has experienced unprecedented enrollment growth since 2010. In the past seven years, 70 new faculty members and 40 new staff have joined the college. Signature programs such as a Business Honors Academy and the world's largest strengths lab in the Clifton Strengths Institute were created. She will have the opportunity to define and implement a strategic vision of an energetic faculty, staff and student population.
She is the State Farm Professor of Finance and has more than 20 years of experience teaching university courses in banking and finance. After joining UNL’s College of Business Administration 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.
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., an NYSE company headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Assurity, Inc., a mutual insurance company headquartered in Lincoln.