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Serving As A Stabilizing Force With Texas’ Chris Plonsky & MTSU’s Diane Turnham

Guest Chris Plonsky, Texas; Diane Turnham, MTSU
30:35 min watch


Texas’ Executive Senior Associate AD/Chief of Staff Chris Plonsky and MTSU’s Deputy AD/SWA Diane Turnham join ADU’s Tai M. Brown at the Women Leaders Convention to look at the shifting industry landscape through the lens of longevity, offering the perspective of their combined 88 years in college athletics. Plonsky, who has been in athletics for 46 years including 35 with the Longhorns, and Turnham, who has been in athletics for 42 years including 40 with the Blue Raiders, reflect on why adhering to the value system of their institution has served as a stabilizer in turbulent times and how they’ve remained consistent through the various roles and titles they’ve held throughout their careers.

The conversation is indexed below for efficient viewing (click the time stamp to jump to a specific question/topic).

  • - Chris, how do you remain a staple in a department's culture in times of change?
  • - Diane, how do you uphold the values of the university despite and throughout change?
  • - How do you identify a hire that you believe will fit the culture of your institution?
  • - Do you have any examples of coaches that have come and gone but have left their mark on institutional culture?
  • - Chris, can you remember an instance of a coach who has come and gone but left a legacy that is still felt?
  • - What are a few responsibilities that you've maintained throughout all the titles you've held during the course of your career?
  • - Chris, what is your perspective?
  • - What advice do you have for administrators and coaches going through change and transition?