“The most important responsibility I have as the UT System interim president is to hire an outstanding person to lead our flagship campus in Knoxville. Under Donde’s leadership, I am looking forward to an exciting, successful and transformational future. Her student-first approach, her reputation as a dynamic leader and collaborator and her great love for the UT Knoxville will be great assets as we work together to advance the university and the state of Tennessee for many years to come.”

Randy Boyd, Interim President, University of Tennessee System


“I am thankful for the work of the search committee and the leadership of Interim President Randy Boyd. After meeting with Dr. Plowman, I could not be more thrilled with the opportunity to present her candidacy as chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to the full board of Trustees next week. She brings a distinguished track record of professional success, has a contagious energy to challenge higher achievement and brings the servant leadership of the Volunteer spirit that we all desire.”

John Compton, Chairman of the Board, University of Tennessee Trustees


“The search process yielded four incredible candidates. We are excited about President Boyd’s selection of Donde Plowman. Donde has incredible experience as a faculty member, department chair, dean and provost. She also has demonstrated an incredible ability to connect with internal and external constituencies. I look forward to working with her to advance the University of Tennessee.”

Keith Carver, Chancellor, University of Tennessee at Martin


“I am thrilled to have someone of Donde’s caliber lead the University of Tennessee, Knoxville into the future. She is known as being a leader of leaders, who can create a shared vision and work collaboratively to execute it to support and elevate the success of students, faculty and staff. Serving the University of Tennessee as interim chancellor has been a tremendous honor for me. I look forward to supporting our new chancellor in her transition back to Rocky Top.”

Wayne T. Davis, Interim Chancellor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


“I am pleased that Donde Plowman has agreed to be our next chancellor. I had the pleasure of working with her at Nebraska as fellow deans and saw many of the wonderful things that she was able to accomplish. I look forward to working with her to help make the University of Tennessee an even more outstanding university.”

David C. Manderscheid, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


“Donde has been an energetic and highly successful leader at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her impact on this campus will always be visible whenever anyone walks through Hawks Hall. She did great things as dean to propel the College of Business forward, and the university as a whole as the executive vice chancellor. I wish Donde well and, as she did at UNL, I’m sure she will start something big for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.”

Ronnie D. Green, Chancellor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln