Donde Plowman officially became Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer of Academic Affairs in January, 2017. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and her undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University.
Prior to coming to Nebraska, Dr. Plowman was head of the Management Department at University of Tennessee. Previously, she was a member of the faculty and associate dean for Graduate Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio for nine years. She came to University of Nebraska’s College of Business Administration in 2010 as the ninth dean in the history of the school, was named the James Jr. and Susan Stuart Dean of Business Administration and guided the college through a transitional period, which included joining the Big Ten Conference in 2011.
In October 2016, the University of Nebraska Foundation awarded Dean Plowman 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 was also instrumental in forming the Dr. Don O. Clifton Strengths Institute made possible by a $30 million gift from the Clifton family and the Gallup Organization.
Her efforts to bolster CBA’s mission of molding the next generation of ethical business leaders for Nebraska and the world have shown immediate benefits with the initiation of many new programs. They include the CBA Honors Academy, Career Services at CBA, a certificate program in Sales Excellence, a new master’s program in intercollegiate athletics administration that partners with Husker Athletics, and a new Department of Business Analytics and Supply Chain Management. With the additional programs, enrollment has also increased the last six years by 22 percent, with a 14 percent increase in graduate students in the Fall 2016. Additionally, 50 new faculty members joined CBA under Dean Plowman’s tenure to support the increasing student population.
A well-known scholar in the area of leadership and organizational change, Dean Plowman’s research was featured in The Wall Street Journal in April 2012. Her publications have appeared in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organizational Science, Leadership Quarterly, Decision Sciences and several others. She was awarded one of the most highly coveted awards in her field – the Academy of Management Journal Best Paper award for her paper, “Radical Change Accidentally: The Emergence and Amplification of Small Change” in 2008.