Pope quietly strengthens supportive culture in Educational Administration

Eight people dressed in red and black smile for a photo at a Husker gathering.
Nebraska's Diane Pope (second from left) stands with her family during a Husker gathering. Pope has worked on campus for 34 years, most recently as an office associate in Educational Administration.

Pope quietly strengthens supportive culture in Educational Administration

10 Mar 2023    

In observance of Women’s History Month, Nebraska Today has partnered with the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women to feature female office/service staff who go above and beyond in their work at Dear Old Nebraska U. This Women of Service series will run in Nebraska Today through March 31.

The series continues today with Diane Pope, office associate in Educational Administration. She was nominated by Nick Pace, chair and professor of Educational Administration.

In her work, Pope manages issues behind scenes, helping the department avoid disruptions to student learning and faculty excellence.

“Diane has brought her kind, quiet, caring approach to her work in the department and university for 34 years,” Pace said. “Her work is often unseen by many, but it is important in contributing to a positive and supportive culture in our department.”

Pope sat down with the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women to discuss what inspires her on and off campus.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up on a farm near Pickrell, Nebraska, and have two brothers and two sisters. I currently live in Lincoln, and am married with three children, two stepchildren and seven grandchildren. I enjoy cooking, walking, yoga, traveling and participating in the Nebraska Passport Program.

How long have you been at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln?

34 years

What do you look forward to when you come to work?

Coming to work for a university with a proud Nebraska tradition and helping students to achieve their educational goals.

What is your favorite memory at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln?

A memory I recall is when faculty and staff would get together for lunch — either by going out to eat or eating together, playing cards, taking walks and visiting which helped create camaraderie within the work environment.

What is your life like outside of work?

I enjoy following and attending Husker football, basketball and volleyball games. I also enjoy going to movies, theatre performances, casinos and eating out at restaurants in cities and small towns. I volunteer at Southwood Lutheran Church, which includes ushering and the Backpack Program. And, I keep busy helping and spending time with my children and grandchildren.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

I am an admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska.

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