Admin, Faculty, & Staff

Administration, Faculty, and Staff

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Charles O’Connor

Charles O’Connor Dean

Charles O’Connor is the Hixson-Lied Endowed Dean of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He returns to Lincoln after nine years, having started in 1993 as a faculty member in the Department of Theatre Arts, now the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film.

Full Charles O’Connor bio

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Christopher Marks

Christopher Marks Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Glenn Korff School of Music

Marks is Associate Dean of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is also Associate Professor at the Glenn Korff School of Music at UNL, where he has taught organ, music theory, and performance practice.

Full Christopher Marks bio

Department and School Faculty Listings

Dean's Office Staff

Kathe Andersen

Kathe Andersen Publications Coordinator


Kathe is responsible for all College publications, including Arts Magazine. She writes press releases and material for the college's monthly e-newsletter, websites, social media and elsewhere. She is also responsible for special events, such as Honors Day Weekend, Donor Appreciation Dinner, Nebraska Young Artist Awards and Geske Lecture. She also works on external relations projects with Donors, the Alumni Board and Hixson-Lied Advisory Board.

David Bagby

David Bagby Information Technology Services Manager


David helps students, faculty and staff use computers and multimedia technology in their studies, in teaching, in work and in research and creative activity. David consults on developing uses of technology to support and improve learning and teaching and the business activities of the college. He researches and recommends hardware and software, and helps connect the people of our college with other technology resources available on campus.

Rebecca Bennitt

Rebecca Bennitt Assistant to the Dean

Rebecca assists the Dean with the day-to-day administrative functions of the College as well as supporting the Dean's strategic initiatives for the College. She manages the Dean’s schedule, travel, correspondence and communications (including the web and social media). She serves as the College events coordinator, organizing the Dean's official functions and College committee meetings. In addition, Rebecca is responsible for processing payments, purchasing, reconciliation as well as other Dean's Office transactions.

Rachel Danay Administrative Technician

Rachel provides office reception to all guests of the Dean’s Office with a high level of customer service. She supports the Dean’s Office staff with academic and administrative needs. Additionally, she provides advanced support to the Associate and Assistant Deans of the College. She coordinates meetings, manages calendars, and provides support for special projects and College events. She assists in the preparation of correspondence and reports as needed. She also reconciles college purchases and serves as the Building Maintenance Reporter.

Wendy Duerfeldt Schutte

Wendy Duerfeldt Schutte Assistant Dean of Business and Financial Affairs

Wendy operates as the chief business and financial officer of the College.  She is responsible for the operational and financial reporting systems that ensure effective and efficient business functions in the College, its departments, programs and initiatives.  She monitors College budgets, Foundation accounts, grant compliance, fund transfers, and contracts.  She works with the College units and provides assistance with reporting, analysis and best business practices. 

Sara Fedderson

Sara Fedderson Advising Coordinator


Sara serves as Advising Coordinator for the College. Major focus of her work includes meeting with prospective students, processing transfer credits for incoming students, publishing the Dean's List, coordinating New Student Enrollment, and providing support for advisors and students with questions that may arise. She comes with three years of experience working in the College's Department of Art & Art History and an educational background in Family and Consumer Sciences Education.

Jemalyn Griffin

Jemalyn Griffin Assistant Director of Recruitment

Jemalyn is responsible for all undergraduate recruitment initiatives in the College of Fine and Performing Arts. Her responsibilities include coordinating college marketing initiatives, assisting faculty to design recruitment strategies, and developing and implementing a data-driven strategic plan for the college. She represents the college at all recruitment events, including Red Letter Days, honors and diversity events, and other recruitment activities across the state or country. Additionally, Jemalyn hires, trains, and deploys enthusiastic current student ambassadors and maintains positive relationships within the community.

Joe Morris

Joseph MorrisSystems Coordinator


Joseph assists in directing and managing the day to day processes and procedures. He prioritizes the day to day activities as well as plan and execute larger projects. Joseph brings his knowledge and experience with vendor contracts, purchasing and vendor relationships both hardware and software. In this position, Joseph monitors and assesses existing infrastructure for the College, while researching new ideas to improve the overall experience for students, faculty and staff to accomplish the University’s objectives. Joseph also leverages his experience to recommend technology infrastructure upgrades to improve classrooms throughout the college, along with implementing new technologies to assist faculty in delivering their curriculum to students in an efficient and effective manner.

Michael Reinmiller

Michael Reinmiller Digital Arts Support Technician


Michael assists students, faculty, and staff and works in the new digital arts studio in Richards Hall room 17. This area was designed with collaborative work in mind; by bringing together the best in software and hardware, the space enables students to have their talents be both seen and heard. The Digital Arts Initiative is spearheaded by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts in collaboration with each of its three departments. It provides interested students from all majors hands-on experience applying current technology to the arts. For more information on the DAI, please go to

John Ross

John Ross Information Technology Support Associate


John supports all of the College's faculty and staff in their use of technology for instruction and research. John also maintains all student labs and learning spaces, ensuring that the technology is ready to meet the demanding needs of students' creative academic work.