Editor’s Note — This story initially reported an incorrect date for Donde Plowman’s farewell reception. The event is June 3 as reported below.
A farewell reception for Donde Plowman, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer, is 4:30 to 6 p.m. June 3 at the Van Brunt Visitors Center, 313 N. 13th St.
The reception is free and open to the campus community.
After nearly a decade of leadership at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Plowman has accepted a position as chancellor of the University of Tennessee.
Plowman came to Nebraska in 2010 to serve as James Jr. and Susan Stuart Dean of the College of Business. Under her leadership, the college experienced steady growth, including the construction of Howard L. Hawks Hall, a privately funded, $84 million facility that opened in 2017.
She was named the university’s first executive vice chancellor in late 2016. In that position, she has served as the university’s academic leader, overseeing its academic enterprise and student services. She played an instrumental role in guiding the university’s ambitious strategic planning effort in conjunction with observations of its 150th anniversary.
In 2016, the University of Nebraska Foundation recognized Plowman with the Harlan J. Noddle Award for Distinguished Development Service for her efforts in raising $150 million for the college, including more than $80 million for the new building. She also was instrumental in forming the Donald O. Clifton Strengths Institute, made possible by a $30 million gift from the Clifton family and the Gallup Organization.
As executive vice chancellor, Plowman led strategic planning efforts. She promoted diversity and inclusion, and was a leader in the effort to hire Nebraska’s first vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion. She also led the university’s Greek vitality initiative, to address issues in the university’s Greek community and to improve Greek life on campus.