College of Business Administration Hosts
Fourth Annual First Tennessee Foundation MBA Symposium
First Tennessee Foundation representatives Rob Masengill, Jim Atchley, and Pam Fansler with Dick Clark (center) and College of Business Administration Associate Dean Tom Ladd.
KNOXVILLE, TN — The College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, hosted the First Tennessee Foundation Fourth Annual MBA Symposium featuring Richard T. Clark, chairman of the board of Merck.
Although this was the fourth symposium sponsored by First Tennessee, the MBA Symposium has been held since the late 1980s. Previous guests have included Indra Nooyi (CEO, PepsiCo), Gerald Ford, Colin Powell, Robert Reich, Warren Buffet, T. Boone Pickens, Tom Johnson (president, CNN), Elizabeth Dole, and Bob McDonald (CEO, The Procter and Gamble Company). This annual event provides a unique opportunity for University of Tennessee, Knoxville, MBA students, and members of the Knoxville community, to learn from a speaker of significant international stature.
This year’s speaker, Richard T. (Dick) Clark, is the chairman of the board of Merck, the global healthcare organization he has served for nearly four decades. As its president and CEO, he implemented a successful business strategy and led an historic corporate merger. At the same time, Clark extended Merck’s strong leadership in corporate social responsibility, embedding it into every facet of the company’s business.
Dick’s symposium presentation – titled Leading Responsibly in Healthcare - introduced Merck’s platform of social responsibility that includes the Merck Mectizan Donation Program, which prevents river blindness in Africa; the African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS program in Botswania; and Merck’s newest initiative, the Merck for Mothers program in which Merck joins global partners to create a world where no woman has to die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. The 10-year, half-billion-dollar Merck for Mothers initiative supports the United Nations’ goal to help reduce the maternal mortality ratio by 75 percent.
The UT MBA Program extends it greatest appreciation to First Tennessee Foundation for making the MBA Symposium series possible.