College of Business Administration Philanthropist Honored
by UT Development Council

Dr. & Mrs. Boling

The University of Tennessee Development Council recently honored a College of Business Administration alum for his loyalty, commitment, and enthusiasm toward the university. The Trustee Lifetime Leadership of the University of Tennessee Award was bestowed upon former University of Tennessee president, Ed Boling. A 1948 college graduate, Boling has dedicated the greater part of his life to advancing educational excellence at UT.

Boling led the university during its time of its greatest expansion; he was his alma mater’s longest serving president (1970-1988) and provided a firm foundation for the university’s current and future success. When UT President Andy Holt retired in 1970, the UT Board of Trustees asked Boling to become its 17th president. Boling’s experience in state government proved to be a huge boon to the university as the university enjoyed a time of expansion under his leadership and great stability, despite the challenges of the early 1970s.

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UT’s TOMBA 'Rocks the World' by Building Seventh Habitat House

TOMBA Habitat HouseFor the past seven years, full-time MBA students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have devoted part of their fall semester to building houses with low-income families through the Habitat for Humanity program. The Tennessee Organization of MBAs (TOMBA)'s community service project is featured in a "Volunteers Rock the World!" video now posted on Ready for the World’s Facebook page, TOMBA is a student-run organization for full-time MBA students and faculty. 

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Michael T. Strickland Announced as Annual Giving Chair

Michael StricklandThe UT Knoxville College of Business Administration is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Strickland as the college’s annual giving chair. Strickland, a 1977 graduate of the college, is the founder and CEO of Bandit Lites, the second largest event lighting company in the world. As a member of the UT Development Council and the college’s Campaign Leadership Committee, Strickland regularly emphasizes the importance of helping future business students. As part of his new role, he will educate fellow alumni and friends of the college on the importance of annual giving and the newly created Dean’s Circle, which recognizes donors who gift $1,000 or more to the College Fund for Business Administration

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College Hosts Seventh Annual Scholarship Reception

Scholarship RecipientsThe College of Business Administration recently held its seventh annual Scholarship Reception. Over 250 guests, including scholarship recipients and many of their donors, attended. Over the past year, the college awarded $848,712 to over 300 undergraduate and graduate students.

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Ali Safavi to speak at Full-Time MBA Information Session

The University of Tennessee Full-Time MBA Program will host an information session for prospective full-time MBA candidates on Thursday, November 5th, from 6:00 – 8:30 PM in the James A. Haslam II Business Building (5th floor). Representatives of this innovative 17-month program will present information on the structure of its integrated, team-based curriculum, the application/admissions process, financial aid, and career opportunities. Admission is free and pre-registration is not required.

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UT Alum Alan Wilson Establishes Scholarships

Alan WilsonAlan Wilson, chairman, president, and CEO of spice manufacturing giant McCormick & Co., remembers how much he wanted to attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and how tough it was for his family, financially, to help him achieve that dream. 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. The Wilsons' gift to UT also included $25,000 for the Debby Schriver Endowment for Student Orientation and $100,000 for an endowed scholarship program in the College of Communication and Information.

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CBA Development and Alumni Affairs Team Still Growing

M.G. BaileyLance TaylorM.G. Bailey has joined the college’s development and alumni affairs team as one of two assistant directors of development. Bailey grew up in Carthage, Tennessee, where his family currently resides. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and went on to receive a master’s degree in college student personnel in 2007.

Also joining the department is Lance Taylor, a Kingston, Tennessee, native and recent graduate of the College of Business Administration.

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Alumna Spotlight

Jeneen KaufmanUT Knoxville College of Business Administration graduate Jenneen Kaufman is in her thirteenth season as vice president and CFO of the National Football League’s Tennessee Titans. Kaufman is responsible for financial reporting, budgeting, player and staff payroll, and the Collective Bargaining Agreement audit for the franchise, and serves as the human resources liaison for all of the team’s employees in Nashville, Tennessee.


Faculty Spotlight

Dan FlintDaniel J. Flint, Proffitt’s Professor in Marketing, is director of the marketing Ph.D. program in the College of Business Administration’s Department of Marketing and Logistics. Flint received his Ph.D. in marketing and logistics from UT and an undergraduate degree in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. He is a former Naval flight officer and sales engineer for Alcoa in the Aerospace/Commercial Rolled Products division.


Student Spotlight

Sandra PerezBorn and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Sandra Perez attended Indiana University where she earned a B.A. in Italian, and later graduated from the Kelley School of Business with a B.S. in marketing. She began her professional career in sales, working for companies like Procter & Gamble and Canon. Opportunities in management consulting and as an entrepreneur evolved into a passion for process improvement, leading her to seek an MBA with a concentration in logistics.