After nine years at the helm of intercollegiate athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Dr. Paul Plinske was named the athletic director at the University of Nebraska Kearney, an NCAA Division II university, on Wednesday.
"Dr. Plinske has been an important part of Warhawk Athletics for nearly a decade. His impact can be seen throughout the athletic department from the improved facilities to the nine national championships that our teams won under his direction. I appreciate all that he has contributed to the success of our student-athletes, coaches and staff," said Chancellor Richard Telfer.
"We wish Paul all the best in his new position. The University of Nebraska Kearney is getting an outstanding leader as its new athletic director," Telfer said.
"It is difficult to put into words my admiration and appreciation for those who have helped me as director of athletics at UW-Whitewater," Plinske said. "The university and community have made my nine years extremely gratifying. It took a special place to pull me away from Whitewater, but it is now time for me to embark on another challenge.
"Chancellor Telfer, the administration, coaches, staff, student-athletes, alumni and the community have made Warhawk Athletics the best in Division III. I want to thank everyone in Whitewater for bestowing so much trust in me and embracing our Powered by Tradition theme. Even greater things are on the horizon for the Warhawks and I am honored to hand off this department to its next leader."
Plinske's last day at UW-Whitewater will be Aug. 23.
Chancellor Telfer will name an interim athletic director, and a national search for Plinske's replacement will be conducted.