The dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Law was named the interim executive vice chancellor on Thursday.
Richard Moberly will step into the role held by Donde Plowman, who will leave UNL to become chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on June 1.
UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green said Moberly is "widely respected on campus and across higher education."
"He understands our university and is an experienced and decisive leader," Green said in a statement. "I'm excited that Richard has agreed to step into this role because I know he's going to do a great job."
Moberly was named dean of the law college in 2017 after being tapped as the interim leader in 2015 following the departure of Susan Poser.
"I am looking forward to working with Chancellor Green, my fellow deans and the terrific staff in academic affairs to continue the momentum of the university during the search for a new (executive vice chancellor)," Moberly said.
A graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, Moberly also graduated from Harvard Law School and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He worked in private practice before joining UNL in 2004, where he taught evidence and employment law and has written and spoken widely about whistleblower protections.
Students at the law college have named him "Professor of the Year" twice, and he is also a winner of the College Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Distinguished Faculty Award.
Stepping into Moberly's position as acting dean of the law college will be Anna W. Shavers, the associate dean for diversity and inclusion. She has taught at UNL since 1989.
As UNL begins its search for a new chief academic officer, oversight of the offices of Research and Economic Development, Student Affairs and Diversity and Inclusion will move under Green's purview.
No plans to find a permanent replacement for Plowman, who was named to her new role on April 26, have been announced.