May 2010

Dean's Message

Jan WilliamsThis month marks many milestones for the UT College of Business Administration. We celebrated both undergraduate commencement two weeks ago (with the largest graduating class to date and the first class of graduating Global Leadership Scholars) and graduate hooding ceremonies. Our first full academic year in the Haslam Business Building is now complete, and we are, as always, in busy preparation for the coming semesters. In short, we have much to be proud of, and we continue to seek ways to grow and excel.


Upcoming Events

June 2
Mini-Term Session Ends

June 3
First Session and Full-Term Summer School Begins

July 5
Independence Day Holiday (Offices Closed)

July 8
Second Session Summer School Begins

August 10
Summer School Ends

August 15
College of Business Administration Convocation (for incoming students)

August 18
Summer Graduation Date      

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Knoxville, TN 37996- 4140

Phone: 865- 974-5061
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2010 Commencement Recognizes Hundreds of Graduates



Over 450 graduates, their families and friends converged on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to celebrate spring 2010 commencement. U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., a College of Business Administration alumnus, delivered the commencement address.

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Program Notes

Morris and McCall Recognized as Bank of America Award Recipients

Margaret McCalllLane MorrisThe Bank of America Awards are given annually by the College of Business Administration at May commencement to one student and one faculty member who have demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities. These awards represent two of the top leadership awards in the college. These awards provide opportunities to formally recognize the leadership abilities of outstanding faculty and students and increase awareness of the importance of developing leadership skills.

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Class of 2010 Gives Back to the College

Senior Gift 2010During the spring 2010 commencement ceremony, the College of Business Administration received a special gift from its graduating seniors. The Class of 2010 presented Dean Jan R. Williams a check in the amount of $13,450, culminating the 2010 Senior Gift Campaign. Throughout their senior year, students learned about the importance of giving back to the college in three ways--with their time, talent, and treasure. The slogan for the campaign was "Learn, Earn, and Return."

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Allison Impacts Students: Discusses BB&T’s Values-Based Leadership

John AllisonJohn Allison, Distinguished Professor of Practice at Wake Forest University's Schools of Business and former chairman and CEO of BB&T, recently guest lectured to UT’s Econ 300: Markets, Capitalism and Ethics class about “Values-Based Leadership.” Allison’s talk focused on the ten principles that BB&T uses to guide its business practice. Allison’s address was the first of what is to be an annual lecture in the college on ethics in a capitalist society. A 2009 grant from BB&T funds both the lecture series and a faculty position in ethics.

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Professional MBA Program Students, Staff, Alumni, and Faculty in Buenos Aires, Argentina

PROmba tripStudents, staff, alumni, and faculty of the University of Tennessee’s Class of 2010 Professional MBA program traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the program’s annual international immersion, May 1 through 8. The group’s itinerary included a Buenos Aires city tour (including the Presidential Palace, Recoleta Cemetery, Eva Peron Memorial, historic El Caminito, La Boca Districts, and Colon Theater); the Argentine Microcredit Network; Citibank; Deloitte; pharmaceutical product manufacturer Roemmers Laboratories; Procter & Gamble; Argentina’s flagship software creator Globant; Avon cosmetics; Esso (ExxonMobil); and Buenos Aires’ public water company AYSA.

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UT Graduate Named Bank of America Chairman

Chad HolidayThe Bank of America Board of Directors elected UT graduate Charles "Chad" O. Holliday, Jr. as chairman, succeeding Dr. Walter E. Massey. "Chad brings excellent perspective with experience as a chairman and chief executive of a prominent global business. He is a terrific partner on our board and will be an excellent chairman," said Chief Executive Officer and President Brian T. Moynihan. Holliday, 62, has served as a director since September 2009. He is the former chairman of the board of directors of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co., a position he had held for approximately 10 years.

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College of Business Administration Alumni Enjoy Reception in Charlotte

Martin & Carol RobinsonEarlier this month, alumni based in or near Charlotte, North Carolina, enjoyed a reception at the extraordinary Duke Mansion hosted by Martin L. Robinson, Class of 1982, and Carol Fri Robinson. Fifty alumni and their guests enjoyed fine food and drink, and in addition to meeting each other, had the opportunity to hear from Dean Jan R. Williams about the current news from the college. A special thank you to the Robinsons for their generosity!

If you are interested in hosting or co-hosting a future alumni event, please contact the college’s director of stewardship and alumni affairs, Meredith Hulette, at


UT Business Alumnus Establishes Scholarship Program for East Tennessee Student

Roy HarmonEast Tennessee native Roy Harmon remembers how challenging it was to finance his undergraduate education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. That was his incentive in establishing the Roy L. Harmon Jr. Endowed Accounting Scholarship in the College of Business Administration, to be awarded annually to a deserving undergraduate or graduate student majoring in accounting.

The Harmon Scholarship will be awarded annually beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year. This need-based scholarship will be offered to an undergraduate major or Master of Accountancy student who graduated from a public high school in Sullivan, Washington, Johnson, Carter, Unicoi, Hawkins, Greene, or Hancock counties.

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Faculty Spotlight

Celeste CarruthersCeleste Carruthers, a new assistant professor in the Department of Economics, recently received the Jean Flanigan Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Education Finance Association (AEFA). The award was presented at the annual AEFA conference in Richmond, Virginia. Carruthers’ dissertation analyzed the impact of charter schools on teacher movement and student achievement. She used data from North Carolina to evaluate teachers in terms of credentials and classroom achievement as they moved from traditional public schools to charter schools.


Alumni Spotlight

Jim Newsome James I. (Jim) Newsome III became president and CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority in Charleston, South Carolina, on September 1, 2009. He is only the fifth leader in the history of the organization. Newsome previously was the president of Hapag-Lloyd (America), Inc., based in Piscataway, New Jersey, which is part of the world’s fifth-largest ocean shipping company. He was the first American in this role, in which he was responsible for all activities in North and Latin America. Before becoming president, he was senior vice president of “Area Southeast,” based in Atlanta, Georgia, for 12 years.


Student Spotlight

Ryan SowellCollege of Business Administration rising senior Joseph “Ryan” Sowell is a native of Knoxville. At UT, Sowell has earned a 3.76 GPA while pursuing a dual concentration in economics and international business. He is a member of the university’s Chancellor’s Honors Program and Baker Scholars Program as well as the college’s Global Leadership Scholars honors program. His research interests include the relationship between local governments---specifically the City of Knoxville and Knox County---and the effects of globalization on small business.  After graduation, Sowell hopes to attend graduate school and/or work in the non-profit sector as a policy advocate.



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