Meet the Deans
The College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee is committed to excellence in providing the best and most innovative business education. Our deans represent various business disciplines (management, marketing, accounting, economics) yet work together as a single collaborative group. By their actions they reinforce the college’s focus on disciplinary integration, teamwork, and innovation. They provide the necessary support for the ongoing success of the college, its students, faculty and staff. Moreover, they bring with them the energy, dedication, and commitment to implement the college’s vision to be an innovative force in business education for the 21st century.
Jan R. Williams is Dean of the College of Business Administration and the Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair at the University of Tennessee where he has been a faculty member since 1977. He received a B.S. degree from George Peabody College, an MBA from Baylor University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas. He previously served on the faculties at the University of Georgia and Texas Tech University. He is the former head of UT's Department of Accounting and Information Management. He is a CPA in Tennessee and Arkansas. Currently, he is the co-author of three books and has published over 70 articles and other publications on issues of corporate financial reporting and accounting education.
Dr. Williams has been extensively involved in professional accounting and business organizations. He served as president of the American Accounting Association in 1999-2000 and also has been actively involved in Beta Alpha Psi, the Tennessee Society of CPAs, and the American Institute of CPAs. He currently serves as chair of the board of directors of the Association to Advance College Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the accrediting organization for business schools and accounting programs.
Matthew (Matt) Myers is Associate Dean of the Center for Executive Education and Nestle USA Professor in Marketing at the College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee. He teaches global marketing and business strategy at the MBA, Executive, and doctoral levels. Prior to his current position, he served as head of the Department of Marketing and Logistics.
Dr. Myers earned his Ph.D. in business from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, Michigan State University, and his Masters of International Business Studies from Moore College of Business, University of South Carolina. Prior to academia, he worked with both Merrill-Lynch and IBM-Argentina. He has studied, taught, and worked in Central America, South America, Europe, Central and East Asia, and has acted as a consultant to organizations in the global distribution, chemical, insurance, pharmaceutical, and marketing research industries. He recently served as visiting faculty at both the University of St. Andrews, Scotland and the University of Verona, Italy, and has also taught in other locations including Romania, Taiwan, and Uzbekistan. He also lectures in executive programs at the Vienna University of Economics & Business.
Dr. Myers’ primary areas of research are in global supply chain networks, foreign market entry strategies, and comparative marketing systems. His research has been published or is forthcoming in a number of outlets including the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Operations Management, the Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, and Sloan Management Review. He is also co-editor of the Handbook of Global Supply Chain Management (Sage). Dr. Myers served in the U.S. Army Airborne from 1979 – 1982.
Robert T. (Tom) Ladd, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean of Research and Technology and the William B. Stokely Professor of Business at the University of Tennessee College of Business Administration. His role is to provide leadership in framing and supporting the college’s research agenda, and manage the initiation and use of technology in the college’s teaching, research, and administrative processes.
A Tennessee native, he received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Tennessee Technological University and his doctorate from the University of Georgia. His interests encompass the general areas of personnel management, psychological measurement, and research methodology. He is currently pursuing research in multidimensional employee selection techniques with an emphasis in assessment centers.
Dr. Ladd is a licensed psychologist and has been associated with the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Program since joining the university 31 years ago; he recently directed the program for seven years before becoming associate dean. Tom has taught in both the undergraduate and MBA programs, has directed 18 dissertations, and has served on over 100 doctoral committees. External to the university, he serves as a Director of the Tennessee Assessment Center (TAC), which conducts employee appraisals as part of employers’ employee selection and promotion programs. The college’s executive MBA programs have incorporated several of TAC’s assessment exercises within its leadership development curriculum.
Dr. Ladd is active with the Boy Scouts of America, having served in several roles in the local council. Tom also enjoys woodworking, singing in his church’s choir, electrical work, and home remodeling.
Alex Miller, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives and the William B. Stokely Chair in Management at the University of Tennessee’s College of Business Administration. He received his undergraduate education at Tennessee Technological University and he holds graduate degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of Washington. Since receiving his doctorate, he has completed additional coursework at MIT, Harvard, and Cal Tech.
Dr. Miller has been the principal investigator on more than 20 research grants, authored or co-authored four books and numerous articles, and won five teaching awards from the University. He has consulted with over 100 organizations ranging from Fortune 500 manufacturing firms to small non-profit service organizations. He was also the Citibank Visiting Scholar to India and a Visiting Research Professor at the Cranfield Institute of Technology in England.
Dr. Miller is the founder oft he Aerospace Executive MBA program, the first accredited MBA program to focus exclusively on the aerospace industry. His current research is looking at ways of rebuilding the business case for aerospace given the tremendous challenges facing the industry.
Dr. Miller is proud to be a seventh generation East Tennessean and the father of four. He and his wife live on their farm in New Market, Tennessee, where they operate the Lick Skillet Cattle Co., and he was voted Outstanding Cattleman of the Year in 2002 by the Tennessee Cattleman’s Association. As avocations, Alex trains border collies. He is an instrument-rated pilot who flies a vintage Cessna 182.
Annette L. Ranft, is the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and the Reagan Professor of Business. Dr. Ranft received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a Master of Science in Management from Georgia Tech and a B.S. in Mathematics from
Appalachian State University.
Dr. Ranft is an active member of the Strategic Management Society, the Academy of Management, and the Southern Management Association. She currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Management and is on the editorial review boards of the Academy of Management Review and the Strategic Management Journal. Dr. Ranft's research interests are primarily in the areas of knowledge management, strategic leadership, and innovation, particularly in the context of corporate acquisitions. Her research has been published in top journals including the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management
Journal, Organization Science, the Journal of International Business Studies, and the Journal of Management.
Prior to joining The University of Tennessee, Dr. Ranft served as the Department Head of Management at Florida State University, and has served on the faculties at Wake Forest University and West Virginia University. She worked in industry as a systems consultant at AT&T and an account manager at EDS.