College of Business Dean Search Candidates
Dr. Kathleen Farrell, State Farm Professor of Finance, and currently, the interim dean of the College of Business at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, has been a member of the faculty of the College of Business since 1993. She focuses her teaching on corporate finance and banking at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her primary research interests include executive compensation, executive turnover and succession, and other corporate governance issues. Farrell’s 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. In addition to her accomplishments as a scholar, Farrell excels in the classroom having won numerous teaching recognitions.
In August 2010, she assumed the role of associate dean where her primary responsibilities included undergraduate programs and faculty affairs. She oversaw the development and implementation of many new programs in the college including the business minor for non-business students and the establishment of a hybrid career services model within the college. In July 2014, she was appointed the chair of the Department of Finance where she led 23 faculty and staff until assuming the role of interim dean in January 2017. In summer 2017, she led the successful move of the college to a new state-of-the-art facility.
Originally from Rochester, New York, she earned her Ph.D. in finance from the University of Georgia and her bachelor of business administration in accounting and finance from Kent State University. Prior to earning her Ph.D., Farrell was an auditor for KPMG Peat Marwick in Baltimore and Atlanta. She also currently 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, Nebraska.
Wm. Gerard (Gerry) Sanders was appointed the Dean of the College of Business and Bodenstedt Chair at University of Texas at San Antonio in June 2013. While at UTSA, Dr. Sanders has led the College of Business through the strategic management process using faculty and stakeholders to conduct an organizational assessment, market analysis, and opportunity identification. This process led to a reorientation of the College’s strategy, the first college marketing campaign, restructuring of both the undergraduate and graduate programs in business, and the launch of two new graduate programs. As a result of these changes, the College of Business has experienced a 23% increase in total enrollment and a 49% increase in graduate enrollment. Externally funded research has grown 824% to over $4 million annually, while the number of faculty publications appearing in leading journals has increased 97%. For the first time in the history of the college, the undergraduate program was ranked in the Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek list of top programs and the cybersecurity program was ranked as the top program in the country. He has also led the College through a successful reaffirmation of AACSB accreditation.
Dr. Sanders’ personal research is focused on corporate governance and executive leadership. His research has been published in leading management journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, and Human Resource Management. His work has been featured in major news outlets such as the New York Times, the Economist, BusinessWeek, CFO, and on National Public Radio’s Marketplace. Dr. Sanders served as an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Journal from 2007 to 2010. Dr. Sanders also spent more than a decade working for both publicly held and private enterprises in the field of institutional commercial real estate investment prior to his doctoral work.
Dr. Sanders served as a professor of strategic management and area leader of the Strategy and Environment faculty group in the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University from 2008 to 2013. He began his academic career at the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University in 1996 as an assistant professor, being promoted to associate professor in 2002 and full professor in 2008. At BYU, he served as department chair during his last four years. He earned a Ph.D. in management from the University of Texas at Austin.
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