Four uniquely qualified candidates have been selected in the search for the next chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Finalists will participate in meetings with campus leaders and key faculty, staff, and students. The finalists will also participate in public forum sessions April 16 – 18.

The forums will be streamed live for UT faculty, staff and students (login required) and will also be archived and available for viewing by the general public at the conclusion of the search. The university community is encouraged to share feedback for each finalist using the survey links below.

 

 
Donde Plowman

Donde Plowman

Executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Donde Plowman is executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In this role, she oversees academic affairs, student affairs, Office of Research Economic Development and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Prior to 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, the ninth dean in the college’s history. Under Plowman’s leadership, the college increased enrollments by 35 percent in six years, added 70 new faculty, created several new academic programs, including the College of Business Honors Academy, the Clifton Strengths Institute and many student services. She led a major fundraising effort that resulted in nearly $150 million, including $84 million for a new building that opened in August 2017. In that time period the college moved up in the US News & World Report rankings of undergraduate business programs from No. 72 to No. 45.

Prior to coming to Nebraska, Plowman was on the management faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she served two years as department head of the Department of Management. She received her doctorate in strategic management from the University of Texas at Austin. 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, Texas. She holds a M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Texas.

In 2008, Plowman was awarded the Academy of Management Journal Best paper Award for her paper, “Radical Change Accidentally: The Emergence and Amplification of Small Change.

In 2015, Plowman received the “Inspire Woman of the Year Award,” given by the Lincoln Journal Star. She has twice been named one of the 30 Most Influential Women in Lincoln and in 2016 received the Noddle Distinguished Development Service Award from the Nebraska University Board of Trustees in recognition of her fundraising efforts as dean of the College of Business.

Public Forum

Tuesday, April 16
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Student Union Auditorium

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Brian Noland

Brian Noland

President of East Tennessee State University

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Brian Noland became the ninth president of East Tennessee State University in January 2012 after serving for six years as chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education System. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public policy studies, both from West Virginia University. He earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Under his leadership, ETSU has moved into an era of construction that, in a compressed five-year window, may very well serve as the largest amount of projects and dollars spent on projects in the history of the institution. Past and current major projects include the construction of a performing arts center, a new football stadium, the creation of an interprofessional research and education center and an extensive renovation to the D.P. Culp University Center. The renovation of Lamb Hall, an academic building for health sciences programs, is also in the planning stages.

Noland has guided long-term visioning processes at the university as well as the creation of a new budget model for the institution and the establishment of a new ETSU brand. In 2018, Noland was elected to the board of directors for the American Council on Education, which is the premier coordinating body for all higher education institutions in the United States and is represented by approximately 1,800 college and university presidents and the executives of related associations. He represents the state of Tennessee on the American Association of State Colleges and University’s Council of State Representatives; is a board member of the Johnson City-Jonesborough-Washington County Chamber of Commerce as well as Launch Tennessee, a state-funded, nonprofit organization that works to grow new businesses in the state; and is a member of the Washington County Economic Development Council’s Industrial Development Board.

Noland also is an Institute of Higher Education fellow at the University of Georgia. He is married to Donna Fox Noland, of Greeneville, Tennessee. The couple has one son, Jackson.

Public Forum

Wednesday, April 17
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Student Union Auditorium

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William Tate

William Tate

Dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for Graduate Education at Washington University (St. Louis)

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William F. Tate IV is the dean of the graduate school and vice provost for graduate education at Washington University in St. Louis. He holds the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor in Arts and Sciences. Tate directs the Center for the Study of Regional Competitiveness in Science and Technology. He holds or has held academic and research appointments including in African and African American Studies, American Culture Studies, Center for Applied Statistics and Computation, Institute for Public Health, Social Policy, Urban Studies and Education.

Tate’s research program has focused on the social determinants of mathematics attainment. He served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he was a senior researcher at the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded National Institute for Science Education working in the area of systemic reform and policy studies. While on a research and service leave from the University of Wisconsin, he participated as a member of the superintendent’s cabinet and the project director of the NSF-funded Urban Systemic Program in the Dallas Independent School District. He was charged with district-wide responsibility in mathematics, science and engineering education for more than 161,000 students and 10,500 teachers.

Tate is a past president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Among his research fellowships and awards, he has been an Anna Julia Cooper Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow at the University of Maryland at College Park, a Ford Foundation Fellow at the University of Ghana and the recipient of an Early Career Award from AERA.

Tate earned his Ph.D. in mathematics education with a cognate in human development at the University of Maryland, College Park. During his post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, he studied social policy. He completed the post-doctoral training program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine, where he earned a master’s degree in psychiatric epidemiology (MPE). He completed the Master of Arts in Teaching degree in mathematical sciences education at the University of Texas at Dallas. Tate attended Northern Illinois University, where he earned a B.S. degree in economics with a minor in mathematical sciences.

Public Forum

Thursday, April 18
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Student Union Auditorium

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Bill Hardgrave

Bill Hardgrave

Provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Auburn University

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Bill Hardgrave serves as Auburn University’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Prior to taking on the provost’s role in January 2018, he served as the dean of the Harbert College of Business since 2010.

As the chief academic officer, Hardgrave provides leadership to Auburn’s 12 colleges and schools and oversees the university’s academic resources, support units and instructional and research programs. Establishing the academic priorities for the university, Hardgrave leads initiatives designed to promote student and faculty success and ensures the quality of student learning at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Providing leadership to the faculty, Hardgrave manages the processes for faculty recruitment, appointments, promotions and tenure.

As dean, Hardgrave oversaw the growth of the Harbert College of Business to include significant increases in student enrollment, undergraduate and graduate programs, resources for students and faculty and research advancements. Under his leadership, the college experienced unprecedented levels of philanthropic support, including a $40 million gift from 1982 alumnus and namesake Raymond Harbert. In total, the most recent campaign generated more than $130 million to support a variety of initiatives, including the creation of more than 30 endowed faculty positions. With these investments, the college’s quality and reputation grew to include seven programs in Top 10 national and international rankings.

Prior to his appointment at Auburn, Hardgrave held the Bradberry Chair in Information Systems in the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, and served as the executive director of the Information Technology Research Institute, which he established in 1999. He also founded and directed the University’s RFID Research Center in 2005 (that later moved to Auburn in 2014).

Hardgrave has received the Ted Williams Award from AIM Global as the most influential researcher in the field of RFID and the Special Achievement award from RFID Journal for his overall impact on the field. He is a highly sought after speaker – delivering almost 200 invited talks across the globe to a total audience in excess of 40,000.

Hardgrave received his Ph.D. in management information systems from Oklahoma State University.

Public Forum

Thursday, April 18
3 – 4 p.m.
Student Union Auditorium

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