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UT Names Classroom for Alumnus Jim R. Shelby - The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration announced the naming of the Jim R. Shelby Classroom in the James A. Haslam II Business Building at a presentation celebrated on May 10. More

UT Knoxville College of Business Administration Announces Century Campaign - The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration will celebrate its 100 year anniversary in 2014. In recognition of this significant historic milestone, the college has announced a new campaign to be the cornerstone of the centennial celebration. More

Phillip & Jinny Furlong Establish Two Business Scholarships - The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration has two new scholarship endowments thanks to two of the university’s young alumni.

Phillip M. & Jinny B. Furlong have established one scholarship to be awarded to a U.S. veteran dependant who was raised overseas and one for a Tennessee native. Phillip credits his professional motivation to the College of Business Administration faculty—especially Dr. Harold Black and Dr. Cary Collins—who mentored him and gave him confidence. More

Scholarship Honors Two-Time CBA Alumna - The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration family mourns the loss of one of its youngest alumni. Casey Adams was a 2009 accounting undergraduate and 2011 Master of Accountancy graduate who passed her CPA exams just last year. She passed away unexpectedly on August 22, 2011, shortly after beginning her career with Ernst & Young in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. In honor of her life and her passion for the University of Tennessee, the Nashville chapter of the Tax Executives Institute has established the Casey Adams MAcc Scholarship Endowment, which will be awarded annually to a deserving student pursuing a MAcc degree from UT. More

Copperthite Honors Former Faculty Member Art Stowers - Michael (’81) and Kimberly (’80) Copperthite of Georgetown, Washington, D.C. have established the Art Stowers Endowed Scholarship at the UT Knoxville College of Business Administration.

The scholarship honors the late Arthur B. Stowers Jr., a two-time graduate of the university and a business law professor, for his service both in the classroom and as a supporter of the UT Wrestling Team. More

Citizens Bank Tri-Cities Foundation, Ltd. has committed a leadership gift to the Department of Finance at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to maintain leases on the department’s 12 Bloomberg terminal licenses over the next five years. The value of these benefits to the department totals $1 million. The UT College of Business Administration houses the Masters Investment Learning Center, which operates the Bloomberg terminals for faculty and student research. Hundreds of students receive training on the terminals, located in the Masters Investment Learning Center, each year to utilize Bloomberg’s powerful data analytics. The UT College of Business Administration is among very few business schools with this number of Bloomberg terminals.More

Ruby Tuesday, Inc. has committed $25,000 to the UT Corporate Governance Center. The gift will support guest speakers hosted by the center, formally known as the Corporate Governance Speaker Series Sponsored by Ruby Tuesday, Inc. More

Russell Lamb, a 1987 UT alumnus, has gifted $25,000 to the Department of Economics in the College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to establish the Economics Excellence Endowment. The endowment will benefit multiple areas including technology, scholarships, assistantships and faculty support. Once established, the fund will remain open to future gifts from those wishing to support the Department of Economics.More.

The SunTrust Foundation has gifted $25,000 to the College of Business Administration Finance Department Enrichment Fund at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. "The SunTrust Foundation has been a long-time and an extremely valued partner of the college and the Department of Finance," said Jim Wansley, Clayton Homes Chair of Excellence and head of UT's Department of Finance. More

The College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has honored alumnus Mike Masters, founder of Masters Capital Management, with the naming of the Masters Investment Learning Center. The center promotes interactive education utilizing cutting-edge technology that includes 12 Bloomberg terminals. More

Alumnus Jim Brogan of Brogan Financial has established the Beauchamp E. Brogan Investment Fellowship at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration in honor of his father. Beauchamp, a prominent attorney in Knoxville who has since retired, was general counsel and secretary to UT’s Board of Trustees for 25 years. More

The Campaign for Tennessee, the most ambitious fundraising effort in the 216-year history of the University of Tennessee, has reached its $1-billion goal 18 months ahead of schedule. The gift that put the campaign over the top came from the family of UT Board of Trustees member Charles C. Anderson Jr., CEO of Anderson Media Corp., and his wife, Moll, an author; lifestyle, marketing and communications expert; and TV host. More

A million dollars will soon be in the hands of University of Tennessee business students. Undergraduate and MBA students will control a $1 million endowment donated by Jim Haslam, founder of Pilot Corp., with the goal of teaching them how to manage investment portfolios. More

Alumnus Allen Bell has established the Julia Bell Accounting Excellence Endowment at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration in honor of his mother. Bell’s gift, which benefits the college’s Department of Accounting and Information Management, is part of the Campaign for Tennessee, UT’s $1 billion fundraising effort. More

Chris LaPorte and his wife Quinita have been longtime supporters of the University of Tennessee. Their most recent gift to UT’s College of Business Administration has significantly enhanced the capabilities of the college’s Investments Learning Center and its students’ financial learning. More

UT College of Business Administration alumna Jennifer Banner has generously established two endowments for the college in honor of two of her former educators, the Richard L. Townsend Excellence Endowment and the John Wachowicz Excellence Endowment. More

The Len & Laura Berlik Foundation, Inc., a private foundation dedicated to improve the quality of life in communities important to the Berlik family, has made a generous gift to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration to support technology in the college's James A. Haslam II Business Building. More

Alan Wilson, chairman, president, and CEO of spice manufacturing giant McCormick & Co., remembers how much he wanted to attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. That was the inspiration that prompted Wilson and his wife, Wendy, to contribute $75,000 to fund an endowed scholarship for undergraduates in UT’s College of Business Administration. More

University of Tennessee alumni from Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting and consulting firms in the U.S., recently established the Crowe Horwath Accounting Excellence Endowment. More

After earning his Executive MBA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2008 at the age of 64, Bill F. Breeding Jr., former mayor of Johnson City, TN, felt compelled to give back to the program. More

UT Alumnus John Compton, CEO of PepsiCo Americas Foods, has made a contribution to the college that will enhance state-of-the-art technology in the new James A. Haslam II Business Building. More

Prominent Knoxville entrepreneur and businessman Doug Horne gifted $1million to UT’s College of Business Administration for technology and faculty support. More

Prominent East Tennessee businessman Will Pugh recently was honored with the naming of the Will J. Pugh Classroom in the College of Business Administration’s new James A. Haslam II Business Building. Pugh founded Pugh & Company, P.C. in 1969, one of the area’s largest and most successful accounting firms. More

UT MBA alumnus, John Boll, joins UT’s College of Business Administration’s Advisory Council to the Dean. Boll is president of G.A. Richards Group and lives in Ada, Michigan. More

UT College of Business Administration alum Paul Castagna received the college’s prestigious 2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Recipients are extraordinary business executives who personify leadership and who are role models for future generations. More

The College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has named its new, state-of-the-art business building after Jim Haslam, founder and chairman of the board of Pilot Travel Centers LLC and chairman of the board and president of Pilot Corp. More

East Tennessee natives and UT graduates Barrett and Betsy Kirkland Simonis established the Barrett and Betsy Simonis Endowed Accounting Scholarship in UT’s College of Business Administration to be awarded annually to a deserving undergraduate or graduate student majoring in accounting. More

Knoxville-native Mike West and his wife, Tiffiny, have made a $1 million contribution to the University of Tennessee College of Business Administration to support technology in the college's new classroom building, opening late 2008. More

Dixon Hughes PLLC — the largest CPA firm in the Southeast —gifted UT’s College of Business Administration with $350,000. In honor of this gift, the college is recognizing the firm by creating the Dixon Hughes Master of Accountancy Classroom in the college's new, state-of-the-art classroom building. More

Randal Boyds’ UT campaign gift encourages student entrepreneurs. An entrepreneur himself having founded Radio Systems Corp., Boyd and his wife, Jenny, have given $1 million to establish the Randal D. Boyd Venture Fund for Student Entrepreneurs Endowment,  which will provide support for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center in the College of Business Administration. More

Ray Myatt’s UT campaign gift offers broad support for college.  Myatt and his wife, Joan, have given a $1 million-plus deferred gift to support the College of Business Administration's Ray and Joan Myatt Endowment. The endowment's earnings will be used by the college to provide broad-based support for purposes relating to the mission, operation, and function of the college. More

The Stokely family, through the William B. Stokely, Jr. Foundation, building on an extensive history of support for UT, has endowed the deanship of the College of Business Administration. This is the first such endowed dean's chair on the UT Knoxville campus. More

The gift from Russell Johnston Jr. and his wife, Florence Fair Johnston, will benefit the College of Business Administration. His gift is, in part, a memorial to Al Keally, former head of the Department of Management, who was one of his faculty advisers in the 1950s. More

A. Dean and Ann Skadberg have made their dedication to the University of Tennessee a lifelong commitment, and a new $1 million gift to the university will contribute to their legacy across campus. Their gift will benefit three different programs, including the creation of the A. Dean and Ann Skadberg Global Initiatives Endowment in the College of Business Administration. More

The Talbotts have given $1.1 million to help establish two endowments within the College of Business Administration. The Robert & Jennifer Talbott Endowment for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will provide support for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. The Robert & Jennifer Talbott Scholarship Endowment is directed toward graduates from Austin East, Fulton, West and Bearden who are studying business More