Plowman, Donde

Donde Plowman

Dr. Donde Plowman is the James, Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean of the UNL College of Business Administration and Professor of Management. With her arrival at CBA in the summer of 2010, also came the news that UNL would join the Big Ten Conference. She had one year to prepare the college to be competitive with the elite business schools of the Big Ten.

Dean Plowman went to work and quickly initiated improvements that have positioned CBA for success. They include:

  • Hiring 25 new faculty to better serve students and increase the enrollment capacity to meet UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman’s five-year plan.
  • Adding a new communications and marketing focus to increase student enrollment and engage alumni, businesses and friends. Last fall, freshmen enrollment was up 25.4 percent and transfer enrollment 15.8 percent.
  • Creating a new Supply Chain Management major that provides a much needed career track that will make our business students extremely valued in the work force.
  • Creating a new Business Minor for non-business majors to emphasize the importance of a business education for any UNL student who may one day work in a business setting.
  • Creating the Career Services at CBA office – and hiring four career coaches – to help business students create a resume, find internships, prepare for interviews and partner with businesses.

And perhaps her greatest accomplishment...

  • Having the vision for a new CBA building, which is now being designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York and Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture of Nebraska -- and construction should be completed in 2017.

Prior to assuming the position of dean, Dean Plowman was Department Head of the Department of Management at the University of Tennessee where she was responsible for starting the Ph.D. in Organizations and Strategy. She began her academic career at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she advanced to the rank of Professor and also served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research.

Her publications have appeared in Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Leadership Quarterly, Decision Sciences and many other journals. In 2008, she was awarded one of the most highly coveted awards in her field – the Academy of Management Journal Best Paper Award for her paper, “Radical Change Accidentally: The Emergence and Amplification of Small Change.”

Her research on mindfulness was featured in the Wall Street Journal and her publications have appeared in Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Leadership Quarterly, Decision Sciences and many other journals. In 2008, she was awarded one of the most highly coveted awards in her field – the Academy of Management Journal Best Paper Award for her paper, "Radical Change Accidentally: The Emergence and Amplification of Small Change."


Farrell, Kathleen A

Kathleen Farrell

Kathleen A. Farrell is the senior associate dean at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business Administration and the State Farm Professor of Finance. Farrell began her career at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1993.

Farrell's publications have appeared in such journals as the Journal of Business, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Research, and Advances in Financial Economics. Farrell enjoys teaching courses in corporate finance, managerial finance, and bank management at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 1996, she received the Distinguished Teaching Award and 2004 she received the University Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Business Administration. Farrell also serves on the Board of Directors of Nelnet, Inc. Farrell received her Ph.D. in finance from the University of Georgia, and a BBA in finance and accounting from Kent State University.


Karels, Gordon V

Gordie Karels

Gordon Karels is the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research in the College of Business Administration and the Nebraska Bankers Association College Professor of Banking in the finance department. He oversees the college’s graduate programs and research efforts.

Karels joined the college in 1986. He received his MS and Ph.D. from Purdue University. Prior to his current position, Karels was the Chair of the Finance Department at UNL. He served as the Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration from 1995 to 2006. He has also served as Interim Director of the Raikes School, as Acting Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and as Director of the Summer Sessions Program. In 1993, he was the first visiting American Professor in the Business School at Technical University Chemnitz (Germany) and has also visited at Bayreuth University (Germany).

Karels has teaching and research interests in the areas of financial institutions, managerial economics, and managerial finance. He has published over 40 refereed journal articles, textbooks on capital markets and on financial mathematics along with a number of cases and textbook supplements in banking and economics. He has served as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, has provided testimony on banking issues to the House Ways and Means Committee and has served as an expert financial witness for the Department of Justice.


Buss, D'vee K

D'vee Buss

D’vee Buss is an Assistant Dean of the University Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business Administration for Undergraduate Programs. 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 101, 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 UNL.


Barrera, Rik

Rik Barrera

Rik Barrera is the Assistant Dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business Administration for Business and Fiscal Affairs. He oversees all business operations, financial reporting, budget preparation, 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 US Army in 1998, took the position of Business Manager of the Beadle Business Center at UNL. Barrera joined the College of Business Administration in October of 2011. He earned his M.A. in Management and Human Relations from Webster University and a B.A. from the University of Arizona.