Michelle Trawick, Ph.D., has been nominated as the next Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). She will assume her new role, pending approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, on Feb. 1, 2020.
Trawick comes from Western Kentucky University (WKU), where she currently serves as the Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Excellence. Over the last two decades, she has also served as the Associate Dean for Faculty and Administration at the Gordon College of Business, Chair of the Economics Department, and a professor of economics. Her leadership at WKU led to the extensions of accreditations in accounting and business; new academic initiatives that provided students with new and expanded academic and internship opportunities; and further philanthropic support of scholarships. She holds a Ph.D. in economics and Master of Economics from North Carolina State University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from WKU.
“Michelle brings a wealth of experience and values that align with UNO’s public metropolitan research mission,” said Sacha Kopp, Ph.D., Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. “A first-generation college student herself, she shares the lived experience of many of our students and will join UNO as a strong role model for empowering success in our student body.”
Trawick emerged as the top candidate for the position following a seven-month national search led by a search committee consisting of faculty and staff from the College of Business Administration, other members of the campus community, and friends and business leaders from the Omaha community. Further feedback was gathered from the campus community following forums with four finalists.
If approved, Trawick will succeed Louis Pol, Ph.D., who led the college for 17 years prior to stepping away from the role in May 2019. Lynn Harland, Ph.D., will continue serving as interim dean through January.
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Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.