Doane University

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Doane University
Roger Hughes[2][3]
Students2,281 total (as of Fall 2020)
1,255 undergraduates
1,026 graduates[4]
Orange & Black[5]
Sporting affiliations

Doane University is a private university in Crete, Nebraska. It has additional campuses in Lincoln and Omaha, as well as online programs.


Doane College was founded on July 11, 1872, by Thomas Doane, chief civil engineer for the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad.[6] David Brainerd Perry was the first college president.[7] He served until his death in 1912.[8]

Doane College was renamed Doane University in May 2016.[9]

The University has had over 70 Fulbright Scholars since the program began in 1946.[10]


Doane's residential campus is in Crete, Nebraska. This campus is over 300 acres.[11] Notable buildings or areas on campus include:

Doane's non-residential programs take place mainly on the Lincoln and Omaha campuses, and online.[11]


Colleges and schools

  • The College of Arts and Sciences offers over 25 undergraduate majors.[12] It is led by Dean Pedro Maligo.[13]
  • The College of Business offers undergraduate majors in accounting, agribusiness, business administration, and economics. Two graduate degrees are also offered: Master of Arts in Leadership and a Master of Business Administration.[14] It is led by Dean Jennifer Bossard.[13]
  • The College of Education offers undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education, Special Education, Secondary Education, and Physical and Health Education.[15] Graduate programs include: Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Leadership, and School Counseling; Master of Arts in Counseling; Education Specialist Degree; Doctorate of Education; and Initial Certification at the Advanced Level (also known as the Fast Track Program[16]).[17] It is led by Dean Tim Frey.[13]
  • The School of Innovative Learning (SIL) offers undergraduate majors in health sciences and exercise science. It also houses the Masters Degree in Instructional Design and Technology.[18] SIL is also the home of Doane's Open Learning Academy, which offers online classes with transferable credits for non-degree seeking students.[19] DoaneX, a partnership with MOOC platform edX, is also housed under SIL.[20]


Doane University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Nebraska Coordinating Commission of Post-Secondary Education.[21] Several programs also hold specialized accreditations.

  • The Teacher Education unit at Doane University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).[6]
  • The Master of Arts in Counseling program was accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in 2020.[22]
  • The Music Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.[6]
  • As of 2021, the Bachelor of Science in Engineering program is in the process of seeking accreditation through ABET.[23]

Student media

Doane University is the home of the Doane Owl, the oldest student-run newspaper in the state of Nebraska.[24] 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. Programming on KDNE ranges from sports and news to student-run music specialty shows.[25]

DCTV is the university's television station.[26]


The Doane athletic teams are called the Tigers. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) since the 1969–70 academic year.

Doane competes in 23 intercollegiate varsity sports. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor) and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor), volleyball and wrestling; and co-ed sports include cheerleading, dance, and shotgun sports.


The first

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, in no small part due 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.[27]
They have qualified for the NAIA National Playoffs six times, most recently in 2016, and were semifinalist in 1972 and 1997.

Notable alumni


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

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. The university later reinstated the library director.[30]


  1. 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. ^ Doane University Visual Identity System. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "Doane University: Greatness on the Great Plains - Doane University - Acalog ACMS™". Retrieved 2022-06-01.
  7. ^ "History of the Library :: Doane University Library".
  8. ^ Ziegler, Don (2007). Doane: A College on a Hill and Beyond. p. 95.
  9. ^ Dunker, Chris. "Doane to change name from 'College' to 'University'". Retrieved 2022-06-01.
  10. ^ "Fulbrights and Prestigious Fellowships | Doane University". Retrieved 2022-06-01.
  11. ^ a b "Our Campuses | Doane University". Retrieved 2022-06-01.
  12. ^ "Arts and Sciences Programs | Doane University". Retrieved 2022-06-01.
  13. ^ a b c "University Leadership | Doane University". Retrieved 2022-06-01.
  14. ^ "College of Business | Doane University". Retrieved 2022-06-01.
  15. ^ "College of Education - Undergraduate Programs | Doane University". Retrieved 2022-06-01.
  16. ^ "Initial Certification at the Advanced Level | Doane University". Retrieved 2022-06-01.
  17. ^ "College of Education - Graduate Programs | Doane University". Retrieved 2022-06-01.
  18. ^ "School of Innovative Learning | Doane University". Retrieved 2022-06-01.
  19. ^ "Find a Course - Open Learning Academy | Doane University". Retrieved 2022-06-01.
  20. ^ "Doane University". edX. Retrieved 2022-06-01.
  21. ^ "Accreditation | Doane University". Retrieved 2022-06-01.
  22. ^ "Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program granted accreditation | Doane University". Retrieved 2022-06-01.
  23. ^ "Engineering - Doane University - Acalog ACMS™". Retrieved 2022-06-01.
  24. ^ Wegley, Andrew (17 November 2021). "Once in peril, student newspaper at Doane University gets funding lifeline". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  25. ^ "KDNE Radio | Doane University". Retrieved 2022-06-01.
  26. ^ "Journalism and Media | Doane University". Retrieved 2022-06-01.
  27. ^ DeLassus, David. "Doane Bowl History". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on July 28, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
  28. ^ Doane College (1884). Catalogue of Doane College. Lincoln, NE: Journal Company. p. 12 – via Google Books.
  29. ^ 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.
  30. ^ Dunker, Chris. "Doane lands on list of 'Worst Colleges for Free Speech'". Retrieved 28 August 2020.

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