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 Bill Fox Appointed 2011 Chancellor’s Professor

William (Bill) Fox, Stokely Distinguished Professor in Business and director of the college’s  Center for Business and Economic Research, has been appointed a 2011 Chancellor’s Professor.

Bill FoxBeing a Chancellor's Professor is the highest lifetime honor for a University of Tennessee faculty member. Chancellor’s Professors have many things in common, including enormous scholarly productivity, a proven commitment to their students, and results that change the way we think.

Fox is the leading national expert on Internet taxation and has extensive expertise in state tax policy, public finance (operations between government and private sectors), and fiscal federalism. He has served as a consultant on finance, taxation, and economic development in the United States and in developing countries including Rwanda, Egypt, and Jordan. He has worked with multinational organizations, such as the World Bank, in creating and revamping tax structures for foreign governments.

The other four 2011 Chancellor’s Professors are Jeffrey M. Becker, professor and head of the department of microbiology; Suzanne Lenhart, professor of mathematics; Lawrence Townsend, Robert M. Condra Professor of Nuclear Engineering; and Beauvais Lyons, James R. Cox Professor of Art.

Chancellor's Professors are appointed by the chancellor after being nominated by a college dean, screened by current Chancellor's Professors, and recommended by the provost. The honor comes with a one-time research stipend of $20,000. The five 2011 Chancellor’s Professors will be honored at a luncheon this summer.

With the five new honorees, there are now eleven Chancellor's Professors, two from the College of Business Administration, Fox and the late John “Tom” Mentzer.

The program began in 2008 when the first seven Chancellor's Professors were announced:

  • Joy T. DeSensi, professor of exercise, sport, and leisure studies and associate dean of the Graduate School
  • Charles Glisson, professor of social work and director of the Children's Mental Health Services Center
  • Sally Horn, professor of geography
  • Harry "Hap" McSween, distinguished professor of earth and planetary sciences and interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • the late John T. "Tom" Mentzer, who was a professor of marketing and logistics
  • George Pharr, professor of materials science and engineering, head of the materials science and engineering department and director of the UT/ORNL Joint Institute for Advanced Materials
  • Carol Tenopir, professor of information sciences and director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies

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