UNL’s No. 2 administrator leaves to take top job at University of Tennessee

UNL’s No. 2 administrator leaves to take top job at University of Tennessee
Donde Plowman JEFF BEIERMANN/THE WORLD-HERALD

Donde Plowman, who has been the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s No. 2 administrator, was named a Tennessee university’s No. 1 administrator Friday.

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville announced the decision Friday. The Board of Trustees there is expected to confirm the appointment on May 3.

Plowman has been UNL’s executive vice chancellor since 2017 and before that was dean of UNL’s College of Business Administration for six years. As dean, she raised millions of dollars for the new business building, which is named after NU Regent Howard Hawks of Omaha.

She already has experience at the University of Tennessee — she was head of the management department there before coming to UNL. She was at the University of Texas at San Antonio before that.

Plowman received a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University.

She is a native Oklahoman and the daughter of a Methodist minister.

Her expertise is in organizational change. She has studied “complexity theory,” which is basically the concept that radical changes can take place in an organization as a result of minor alterations.

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