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Midland names new director of Dunklau School of Business

Midland names new director of Dunklau School of Business

Jun 6th , 2017

Midland University today announced the hiring of Dr. Debora Sepich as the director of the Dunklau School of Business. She will lead the university’s graduate and undergraduate business programs.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Sepich to Midland University,” President Jody Horner said. “The rapid growth of our hybrid MBA program and the opening of our new Omaha location create exciting opportunities. Debora’s wealth of experience in higher education and in the business world should prove to be an invaluable asset to our students and partners alike.”

Previously, Dr. Sepich served as dean of the Vucurevich School of Business at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota and as director of the MBA programs at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. She also spent 25 years in the high-tech business world, including 12 as the co-founder and executive vice president of Dolphin Software.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Midland University community,” Dr. Sepich said. “I chose Midland because it is a place where innovation and inquiry are embraced and where the ‘what is possible’ is explored. It’s a place where education and experience are equally considered because, as President Horner notes, these are both required to have Midland's students and graduates follow their calling and ‘to do it with purpose.’”

Sepich earned a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University in Omaha, a MBA and a bachelor of arts in Management & Organizational Leadership, both from George Fox University in Oregon. She also has been active in community leadership, serving on the boards for groups such as the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette, Oregon; Itafari – Rwandan Relief Foundation of Portland, Oregon; and the South Dakota Technology Development Group of Sioux Falls.

At Midland, Dr. Sepich will oversee undergraduate business programs as well as the Master of Business Administration Program, which has seen successive years of growth. The Midland MBA Program is Nebraska’s first and only hybrid MBA program, helping students forge strong network relationships by meeting about once a month in person, while allowing them flexibility during online weeks in between.

Midland also offers the region’s first and only “MBA for Life” program, allowing Midland MBA alumni to take any elective courses tuition free for life, paying only nominal program fees, as long as the course has capacity.

In 2013, Midland honored the late Rupert Dunklau and his wife, Ruth, for their continued support of the university by naming the business school in their honor. Rupert Dunklau, an Arlington, Nebraska, native, served as an executive vice president of Valmont Industries, Inc. After his retirement, he served on various boards -- including Midland and Fremont Health – and was president and chairman of the board of the Rupert Dunklau Foundation.

Midland University is a private liberal arts college based in Fremont, Nebraska. Home to 1,400 students, 31 varsity sports, 250 opportunities in the performing arts, and 35 academic programs, Midland creates highly personalized opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning while pursuing their passions.