Donde Ashmos Plowman is the James Jr. and Susan Stuart Dean of the College of
Business Administration at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Plowman is the
9th dean of the college and with her arrival in the summer of 2010, also came
the news that UNL would join the Big Ten Conference, home to some of the most
prestigious public business schools in the country.
Plowman quickly developed a strategic focus for the college to (1) deliver
programs with national distinction, (2) conduct high impact research that informs
important business questions and (3) deepens the college’s engagement with the
As dean, Plowman has brought a new focus to the college
believing that the world needs leaders who will step up, be courageous, and start
something – whether it is a new way of thinking, a new business, an innovation or
simply a new way of relating to someone else.
Plowman has led a number of academic innovations including the CBA Honors Academy for high achieving students,
a new minor in business for non-business majors, new programs and a new department in supply chain management and
analytics, the Center of Sales Excellence, and a new master of business in intercollegiate athletic administration
in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Athletics. In five years, the first-time freshmen enrollment has
also increased by 66%.
Under her leadership the college created Career Services at CBA and requires a four
1-hour sequence of courses for professional enhancement, readying students for the
world of work. Her efforts to grow the faculty of CBA has resulted in 50 new faculty
members in five years and the budget of the college has increased by 32%.
Plowman provided the vision for a new CBA building which is funded by alumni for future alumni and located at 14th and Vine streets.
Designed by Robert Stern Architects of New York and Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture of Nebraska and built by Hausmann Construction,
the new building is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. During her tenure she has raised over $150 million in private funds, including
$84 million for the building.
Plowman is a well-known scholar in the area of leadership and organizational change.
In 2008 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.”
Prior to joining UNL, Plowman was Head of the Management Department at
University of Tennessee. From 1988-2007 Plowman was a member of the faculty and Associate
Dean for Graduate Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She received her Ph.D.
from the University of Texas at Austin and her undergraduate degree from Southern
Methodist University. Plowman is married to Dennis Duchon and has two sons.