Dean's Message

Dean Jan WilliamsOn behalf of the faculty and staff of the College of Business Administration, I want to wish you a happy, prosperous new year.  While 2008 was one of enormous growth and change for our college, we are certainly off to a busy 2009.


Development Update

Happy New Year!  All of us in the College of Business Administration are excited to start this new year in a brand new, state-of-the-art home — the James A. Haslam II Business Building.  The classrooms, team meeting rooms, conference spaces, and common areas continue to amaze all of us with their capabilities.




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College of Business Administration Celebrates the Dedication of the James A. Haslam II Business Building

Dedication Ceremony

The James A. Haslam II Business Building on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was formally dedicated on Tuesday, January 6.  As part of the grand opening celebration, College of Business Administration Dean Jan Williams hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the atrium of the new six-story building. Speakers included UT President John Petersen, UT Knoxville Interim Provost Susan Martin and Jim Haslam, a long-time supporter of the university for whom the new building is named. Following their remarks, Dean Williams and Mr. Haslam proceeded to the mezzanine level of the building to cut a bright orange ribbon which hung vertically from the top floor of the atrium.

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Want to Display your College of Business Administration Pride— and Help the College at the Same Time?

The College of Business Administration will soon have an online store full of college apparel, computer accessories, car decals, and more! Proceeds from the store’s sales will benefit the UT Knoxville College of Business and go towards student and faculty support. Watch for sale items as they will change regularly. Show your CBA pride and visit our new store when it opens later this month. Access the store via the college's website at

PepsiCo Foundation Awards $350,000 to UTK College of Business Administration to Fund Diversity Efforts

The College of Business Administration recently received a $350,000 grant from the PepsiCo Foundation to support the college’s diversity efforts of student recruitment, retention, and professional development.  The grant, which will be paid over five years, was announced by 1983 college alumnus John Compton, CEO of PepsiCo Americas Foods.

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Renowned Financial Advisor Dave Ramsey Visits the College of Business Administration

This fall, renowned financial advisor Dave Ramsey visited the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus to talk to College of Business Administration students about how to budget for college and life after graduation

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MBA Team Wins Second in National Case Competition

The full-time MBA team representing the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration placed second at the National Black MBA Association Case Competition in Washington, D.C., September 2008, beating out 28 other teams.

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College of Business Administration Grads Enjoy Meeting Fellow Alumni

This fall, alumni of UTK’s College of Business Administration enjoyed attending alumni receptions taking place throughout the eastern U.S.  The receptions, hosted by alumni themselves, provided an opportunity for graduates to see friends and fellow graduates and to meet new acquaintances. 

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Alumni Spotlight

Michael StricklandSeveral decades ago, Michael Strickland was just your average 12-year-old kid, growing up in Kingsport, Tennessee, and going to school like all the other kids.  However, when a touring band stopped in Kingsport for a concert, Strickland made it quite clear that he was not your average junior high student.  After “borrowing” lighting equipment from his school’s audiovisual department, Michael put his years of community theater experience to good use when he asked that band’s members if he could show them how to enhance their show with lights. 


Faculty Spotlight

Bill FoxWilliam F. Fox, known by friends and colleagues as Bill, is the William B. Stokely Distinguished Professor of Business  and the director of the UTK College of Business Administration’s Center for Business and Economic Research.  Fox received his bachelor of the arts degree from Miami University in 1970 and went on to receive his master’s degree and doctorate from The Ohio State University in 1973 and 1975, respectively.  Fox has used his academic training to pursue specializations in the fields of public finance, regional economics, and urban economics.  He served as head of the economics department at UT from 1992-1997.


Student Spotlight

Jeff Wilcox and Meghan Blackwell As the College of Business Administration continues to rapidly grow, its faculty and staff are proud that college is attracting many of the university’s best and brightest students.  So it is no surprise that both the president and vice president of the Student Government Association, one of the most influential student organizations on campus, are undergraduate students majoring in business.

Student Body President Jeff Wilcox and Student Body Vice President Meghan Blackwell have played active roles during their time at UT Knoxville, starting in the summer of 2005 when they met at the Ignite Summit, a leadership event for young adults.