The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees in a special called meeting today unanimously approved appointing Donde Plowman from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as the ninth chancellor of UT Knoxville at a base salary of $60,000 a year.

In addition to approving her hire, trustees also approved her compensation package and tenure in a faculty appointment in the department of management. Plowman’s first day at UT Knoxville will be July 1.

Her offer letter is at http://tennessee.edu/wp- content/uploads/2019/04/Donde-Plowman-Signed-Offer-Letter.pdf.

UT Board of Trustees Chair John Compton said when looking at candidates he considered the three Cs. “Does she have competency? Does she have character? Does she know the culture?” he said. “In all three of those she got an A-plus. Her character and values of servant leadership will serve us well.”

Plowman currently serves as the executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer at Nebraska and was identified as the top candidate to fill the vacant chancellor position after a national search.

UT Interim President Randy Boyd said the decision to hire Plowman was a great day for the University of Tennessee and the state of Tennessee.

“At the end of the process it was clear to me among all the candidates that Dr. Donde Plowman stood out,” he said.

Plowman served previously on the UT Knoxville Haslam College of Business faculty and led the management department.

At Nebraska, Plowman operates as the No. 2 administrator over the campus and oversees academic affairs, student affairs, the Office of Research Economic Development and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Before being named executive vice chancellor, she served for more than six years as the James Jr. and Susan Stuart Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Prior to coming to Nebraska, Plowman was on the management faculty at UT Knoxville from 2007-10, serving as department head of the department of management for two years. She began her academic career at the University of Texas at San Antonio as an assistant professor of management and advanced to the position of professor and associate dean for graduate studies and research, where she was responsible for the creation of the doctorate degree in business.

Plowman received her undergraduate degree with a major in English from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She holds a master’s in higher education administration from the University of North Texas. She received her doctorate in strategic management from the University of Texas at Austin.

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