Doane University

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Doane University
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Established1872; 150 years ago (1872)
Religious affiliation
United Church of Christ
Endowment$111.6 million (2020)[1]
PresidentRoger Hughes[2][3]
Students1,069 undergraduates (Crete campus)[4]
more than 1,500 undergraduates and graduate students at other sites [5]
Colors    Orange and black[6]
Sporting affiliations

Doane University is a private university in Crete, Nebraska. It has additional campuses in Lincoln, Grand Island and Omaha.


The history of Doane University dates from 1857, when the General Association of Congregational Churches, in its first annual meeting in Fremont, Nebraska, resolved to lay the foundations of a literary institution of a high order in the state. Fourteen years later, and after several unsuccessful attempts to establish Congregational schools across the state, an academy was founded in Crete on May 22, 1871. The efforts of Frederick Francis Alley, the local Congregational pastor, and Thomas Doane, chief civil engineer for the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad, were instrumental in advancing the idea of the academy.[7]

On July 11, 1872, Doane College preempted the old Crete Academy. On May 9, 2016, the institution was renamed to Doane University. Doane is the first liberal arts and sciences college in Nebraska.

The university has had 67 Fulbright Scholars since the program began in 1946.[8]

Doane College renamed itself Doane University in 2016.[9]

Academic freedom

In 2020 the director of the Perkins library came under fire for a "Parties of the Past" exhibit of historical photographs which included two photos of students wearing blackface in 1926. The photos and then the entire exhibit was taken down by administrators who placed the library director on leave to the objection of the faculty. Doane was then named one of the "Worst Colleges for Free Speech" by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. The university later reinstated the library director.[10]


Doane's Crete campus is over 300 acers with two ponds, one featuring a fountain and bridge, and a memorial bell tower. Doane also has two non-residential campuses in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska.

Notable buildings or areas on campus include:


The enrollment consists of over 1,000 undergraduate students on the Crete campus, as well as 750 adult learners and 1,200 graduate students who attend the Lincoln, Omaha and Grand Island campuses.[citation needed]


Doane offers more than 40 undergraduate majors; several pre-professional programs; three graduate programs, and a Doctorate in Education.[citation needed]

Student media

Doane University is the home of the Doane Owl, the oldest student-run newspaper in the state of Nebraska.[11]The Owl initially started as a literary publication before evolving into a traditional newspaper covering both Doane and Crete, Nebraska issues.

Regarding student broadcasting, Doane's college radio station is KDNE, "The Edge of Indie". KDNE also hosts Cheska Musica, a popular polka show which caters to neighboring Wilber, Nebraska and its large Czech-language community. Programming on KDNE ranges from sports and news to student-run music specialty shows.[citation needed]

DCTV is the university's television station.[citation needed]


Doane University athletic teams, nicknamed the Tigers, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), competing in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field and wrestling, while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball. Co-ed sports include cheerleading, dance, and shotgun sports.

The first college football coach at Doane was F.P. Reed, who led the team to a 1–1 record. Other coaches in its football history include Al Papik, Tommie Frazier, Matt Franzen and current head coach Chris Bessler.

1905 Nebraska State College Football Champions. After defeating Bellevue College, the 1905 Doane College football team became the Nebraska State Football Champions. Considered a formidable team, not in small part to their combined weight, the Doane team lost their subsequent game with University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, 43–5. The largest player on the Doane team was 220 pound, left guard, Claude LeRoy Farrow of Aurora, Nebraska.

Doane's football team has participated in three bowl games, winning two and tying one. The first was the 1950 Bean Bowl where they defeated Colorado State College by a score of 14–6. Doane then had back-to-back appearances in the Mineral Water Bowl in 1967 and 1968.[12] They have qualified for the NAIA National Playoffs six times, most recently in 2016, and were semifinalist in 1972 and 1997.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  2. ^ "Dr. Roger Hughes Named 13th President of Doane University". Doane University (Press release). By Office of Strategic Marketing and Communication. May 7, 2021. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  3. ^ Whitford, Emma (July 23, 2021). "Doane University's next president is a former football coach". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  4. ^ "College Navigator - Doane University".
  5. ^[bare URL PDF]
  6. ^ Doane University Visual Identity System. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "Welcome - History Nebraska".
  8. ^ "Fulbrights Doane College". Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  9. ^ "History of Doane". Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  10. ^ Dunker, Chris. "Doane lands on list of 'Worst Colleges for Free Speech'". Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  11. ^ Wegley, Andrew (17 November 2021). "Once in peril, student newspaper at Doane University gets funding lifeline". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  12. ^ DeLassus, David. "Doane Bowl History". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on July 28, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
  13. ^ Doane College (1884). Catalogue of Doane College. Lincoln, NE: Journal Company. p. 12 – via Google Books.
  14. ^ Graves, William S. (1940). "Death Notice, Joseph Dugald Leitch". Seventy-first Annual Report of the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy. Newburgh, NY: Moore Printing Company. p. 185 – via West Point Digital Library.

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