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Posted in 2014

UT Study: Tennessee’s Uninsured Numbers Decline for Third Year

For the third year in a row, the estimated number of uninsured people in Tennessee dropped, according to a report released today by the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research in UT’s Haslam College of Business.

The percentage of uninsured people in Tennessee—5.5 percent—is the lowest in the past 20 years.


This year’s survey shows that the uninsured rate for adults decreased from 8.2 percent in 2015 to 6.6 percent in 2016. This percentage change represents approximately 67,000 fewer uninsured adults during that time and approximately 218,500 fewer uninsured adults since 2013. The uninsured rate for children is 1.8 percent.


The numbers are part of the “The Impact of TennCare: A Survey of Recipients, 2016,” a report authored by LeAnn Luna, a Boyd Center and accounting professor, and Angela Thacker, a Boyd Center research associate. The annual report looks at the health insurance status of Tennessee residents, collects information about recipients’ use of medical facilities, and gauges the extent of their satisfaction with services received.

This year’s survey indicates that 92 percent of respondents reported satisfaction with the TennCare program. This marks the eighth year in a row that satisfaction levels have exceeded 90 percent.

“We are pleased to learn that the satisfaction rate continues to reflect the mission of our organization, which is to improve lives through high-quality cost-effective care,” said Wendy Long, deputy commissioner of Health Care Finance and Administration and director of the Bureau of TennCare. “The results of this annual study show a general improvement in access to health care across the state, but we know that more work can be done.”

Other highlights from this year’s survey include:

  • A 5 percent decrease in the percentage of people who cited affordability as a reason for not obtaining health insurance—from 90 percent in 2015 to 85 percent in 2016.
  • A notable increase in uninsured respondents reporting that they do not need health insurance—from 19 percent in 2015 to 30 percent in 2016.
  • A decrease from 6 percent to 3 percent among TennCare heads of households who first sought treatment at a hospital rather than a doctor’s office or a clinic.

The survey, which interviewed approximately 5,000 heads of households by telephone between May and July 2016, is a regular follow-up to previous surveys conducted since 1993.

The Boyd Center conducted the survey under contract with the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration.


Lydia McCoy (865-974-6086, lmccoy5@utk.edu)

LeAnn Luna (865-974-6080, leann@utk.edu)

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Adams Joins Haslam as Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration

Betsy Adams recently joined the Haslam College of Business as assistant dean of finance and administration. Her first day in the position was October 10.

In her previous role as assistant provost of systems and resources at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus Adams coordinated large, cross-campus teams on a number of projects and helped advise administrators and academics on data and financial management.

“Betsy brings a wealth of experience, relationships and knowledge, thanks to her years of service at the university level,” said Steve Mangum, dean and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair at Haslam. “We look forward to the impact that she will have on our strategic planning, data analysis and decision-making capabilities. In addition, it is always enjoyable to welcome home a graduate of our college.”

Adams obtained her MBA from Haslam in 2010 and has worked within the UT system since 2007. Prior to that she was director of human resources, budget and financial systems at St. Clair Community College in Port Huron, Michigan.

“As a graduate from the EMBA program, I consider Haslam my academic home,” Adams said. “I have been impressed with Haslam’s dean and leadership team, as well as the warm welcome I’ve received from the faculty and staff. I look forward to working with everyone to help move Haslam strategically and methodically forward in our mission.”

Adams brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education administration. In addition to her financial duties will oversee the college’s physical facilities and technology infrastructure.

Posted in 2014

The Haslam College of Business welcomes sixteen new faculty members

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Haslam College of Business welcomes sixteen new faculty members this fall. The cohort divides evenly between professors and lecturers joining the departments of accounting and information management, economics, management, and marketing and supply chain management.

The new hires bring almost 150 years of combined industry experience, coupling it with well over a century of teaching experience. They carry a global perspective, with backgrounds representing Spain, Ireland, China and Nigeria.

Accounting & Information Management

jmyersJames Myers is the Dennis Hendrix Distinguished Professor of Accounting. His research focuses on valuation, earnings management, and auditing. He has published top journals including the Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Finance, and Review of Accounting Studies and his papers have been cited more than 3,500 times. The joint research conducts with his wife, Linda, has been awarded the Notable Contribution to the Auditing Literature Award, the American Accounting Association’s Financial Accounting and Reporting Section Best Paper Award and an award for Outstanding Accounting Review Article of the Year. He earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan.

lmyersLinda Myers is a distinguished professor of accounting and holds the Haslam Chair of Business. She also serves as director of Haslam’s doctoral program in accounting. Myers’s research interests include audit markets, corporate disclosure, and financial reporting quality. She has published in a number of top accounting journals and her work is regularly cited by the business press, as well the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Myers has been invited to present her research at more than 20 universities in the U.S., Canada, England, Estonia, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, Scotland, Slovenia, and Taiwan. She earned her doctorate from the University of Michigan.

powersKathleen Powers is an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting and Information Management. She obtained her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and prior to that worked as a tax manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Washington, D.C., and Zurich, Switzerland. Her undergraduate degree is in business and accounting from North Carolina State University and has a Master’s of Accountancy from the Ohio State University. Powers’s research interests include the effect of corporate governance on firms’ tax policy, investors’ use of tax disclosures and tax-related frictions in capital markets.

warrenAmanda Warren joins the Department of Accounting and Information Management as a lecturer. A CPA, she received her bachelor’s in accounting, as well as her Master of Accountancy, from the University of Tennessee. Prior to joining the faculty, Warren spent six years in the Atlanta office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.


winegardnerAlycia Winegardner joins the Department of Accounting and Information Management as a lecturer. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Tennessee, and is a CPA. After a short stint in public accounting, Winegardner transitioned to private industry, eventually gaining the position of CFO of a management company in West Knoxville.


hargaden Enda Patrick Hargaden is an assistant professor of economics with a joint appointment in the Department of Economics and the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research. Hargaden is an applied microeconomist with a focus on taxation and public policy. He earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Michigan in 2016 and previously studied at University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin.


adeleyeIfedapo (Dapo) Adeleye is a lecturer in the Department of Management. He joins Haslam after a decade with the Lagos Business School in Nigeria where he served in several senior leadership positions. Adeleye has taught undergraduate to executive education and worked in Africa, Europe, and North America. He has consulted and directed executive education programs for numerous organizations including GE, Coca-Cola, and Chevron. Adeleye received his doctorate from the University of Manchester and earned master’s degrees in economics and human resources from Cardiff University.

carsonShawn Carson is lecturer in in the Department of Management. He also serves as director of technical and operational assistance for Three Roots Capital. Prior to this role, he spent eleven years as director of venture development with Technology 2020, and 16 years with Knoxville-based Computational Systems, Incorporated (CSI). Carson holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from East Carolina University, an MBA from the University of Tennessee, is a doctoral candidate in education from East Tennessee State University.

cowellEva Cowell joined Haslam’s Department of Management as a full-time lecturer. She is a Haslam alumna and earned her doctorate here in 2010. Cowell spent the last six years at Tusculum College, where she became an associate professor and chaired the department of management and marketing. She actively pursues alternate instructional exercises to engage her students and is passionate about helping others reach their full potential.

grasDavid Gras joins Haslam as an assistant professor in the Department of Management. He holds a doctorate in entrepreneurship from Syracuse University, a master’s in marketing from Clemson University, and a bachelor’s in management from Texas A&M University. His research focuses on the antecedents of business performance and competitive advantage. Within these areas, Gras explores the financial impacts of corporate social responsibility, new venture diversification, strategic decisions, and entrepreneurial characteristics.

lanceAustin Lance is a lecturer in the Department of Management. He is president of Lance Associates and has 44 years of business experience and is president of Lance Associates. Prior to beginning his management consulting company, Austin was vice president and general manger of a global foodservice packaging division International Paper Corporation and spent 22 years with Mead Corporation. He earned his accounting degree from UT before obtaining an MBA from the University of Dayton.

mahonyLindsay Mahony is a lecturer and interim assistant department head in the Department of Management. She received her MBA from Washington State University and bachelor’s in philosophy from Western Washington University. Prior to joining Haslam, Mahony was a lecturer at Washington State University and Pellissippi State Community College and worked as a program manager for Amazon in Seattle and as construction subcontract engineer at Washington Closure Hanford in Richland, Washington.

ragozzinoRoberto Ragozzino joined the Department of Management as the Haslam Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. His research lies in corporate strategy, entrepreneurship, and international management focusing on business phenomena through an economic lens. His work has been published in several journals, including Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Organization Science, Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, and Strategic Management Journal. Before joining Haslam, Ragozzino spent three years in Barcelona, Spain, working at ESADE Business School and earned his doctorate at The Ohio State University.

sambaCodou Samba is an assistant professor in the Department of Management. She obtained her doctorate in business administration from the University of Houston, and her primary research stream is at the intersection of strategic leadership and organizational decision processes. Samba holds an MBA from University of Houston and a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee. Prior to pursuing her doctoral degree, she worked as a chemical engineer for five years at Rohm and Haas Company (now Dow Chemical Company).

Marketing Supply Chain Management

roseRandall (Randy) Rose is a visiting professor in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Rose has worked in the retail and pulp and paper industries, consulted with a variety of companies, and is a veteran of the United States Army. At USC he served as the executive director of doctoral programs and chair of the marketing department. Rose’s research on persuasion, social influence, payment mechanisms, and various aspects of consumer culture have been published in many top journals including the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Advertising, Journal of Retailing, and Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. He obtained his doctorate from The Ohio State University.

xiaoSophie Xiao is an assistant professor of marketing. She earned her doctorate in marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her primary research interests include firms’ innovation strategies and consumers’ adoption and resistance to new products. Her research has been published in the Journal of Service Research, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Business Ethics, and International Marketing Review.


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UT Vol Court Pitch Competition Kicks Off Oct. 12

KNOXVILLE—Bring an idea and start a business with the help of Vol Court, a semiannual pitch competition and speaker series hosted by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Vol Court kicks off Oct. 12 with a six-week entrepreneurial speaker series. The series culminates Nov. 16 in a pitch competition where attendees put what they’ve learned into practice. Local entrepreneurs and UT faculty will cover topics including legal structure for businesses and unconventional funding sources.

Now in its eighth year, Vol Court invites UT students, faculty, staff and members of the local community to pitch their business ideas. Winners receive up to $1,500 in prize money, space in the UT Research Foundation Business Incubator, and legal and accounting services.

Shawn Carson, Vol Court director, will share his expertise from 15 years in entrepreneurship.

“Having been involved with Vol Court as a contributor over the years, I am excited about helping run the program,” said Carson. “It is a great opportunity for students across campus to get their first exposure to the world of entrepreneurship. The fact that there’s a cash prize doesn’t hurt, either.”

Vol Court has grown in recent years to include more speakers, sponsors, participants and prizes. All pitch competition participants are eligible for cash prizes awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners.

Vol Court meets every Wednesday beginning Oct. 12 from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. in Room 104 of Haslam Business Building, 1000 Volunteer Blvd. The speaker series and pitch competition are open to the public. There is no charge to participate in the event, and anyone interested in starting a company is encouraged to attend.

Anyone who participates in the Nov. 16 pitch competition must have attended four of the following five series meetings.

Oct. 12: Business Model Canvas

Oct. 19: Legal Structure for Your Business

Oct. 26: An Entrepreneur’s Journey

Nov. 2: Unconventional Funding Sources

Nov. 9: Pitching the Concept

Nov. 16: Pitch Competition

Vol Court is made possible by donated funds and services from sponsors, which include Cirrus Insight, PYA, Morehous Legal Group, Hard Knox Pizzeria, the IT Company, Funding Sage, 3 Roots Capital and the UT Research Foundation.

Carrie McCamey (865-974-5126, cbaker14@utk.edu)
Tyra Haag (865-974-5460, tyra.haag@tennessee.edu)


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Haslam MBA Students Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity


Haslam College of Business MBA students spent some of the last days of summer volunteering their time to a Habitat to Humanity build.

Their efforts marked the 13th consecutive year the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Haslam MBA has had classes participate in Habitat for Humanity construction.

Javier Sosa, a second-year MBA student focusing on logistics, materials and supply chain management, said volunteering at the build was a great teambuilding activity. Haslam students had already volunteered three times this semester, and Sosa participated twice. He spent one day framing interior walls and another putting up siding.

“We were split into four groups to put up the siding,” Sosa said. “We had to be careful to lock the siding down correctly the first time. If a piece was loose, we would only be able to fix it by removing all the siding installed above it.”

Tara Presnell, interim director of the MBA program, praised the students’ willingness to roll up their sleeves and work.

“Our MBA students are future business leaders,” Presnell said. “They are learning and practicing what it means to be servant leaders.  I’m proud of them for realizing the importance of making our community, and the communities in which they will lead and serve, even stronger.”

Presnell said the students appreciate where they came from and respect and value the education they are receiving.

The build benefits Monica Robs, a single mother of three children, aged 15 to six. Robs’ oldest son is a high school athlete involved in football and track, while her middle child has autism.

Posted in 2014

UT Business Students Host Seventh Annual Barefoot Benefit


The 2016 Barefoot Benefit, a 5K foot race and community festival organized by University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Haslam College of Business students, will take place on Sunday, Oct. 16, in Sequoyah Hills Park.

The event features music, food, games and family activities. Race registration and activities begin at 12:30 p.m., while the race kicks off at 2 p.m. The event will include door prizes from local businesses such as Regal Cinemas, and all proceeds will be donated to Samaritan Place, an emergency shelter for senior citizens.

Participants are invited to take their shoes off and enjoy the lawn of Sequoyah Hills Park, according to Stephanie Yeap, a supply chain management senior and a member of the benefit’s student-run executive team.

“The Barefoot Benefit is going to be exhilarating,” Yeap said. “Although going barefoot is optional, running with bare feet on cool grass will surely be something to remember.”

Yeap said organizing the race and festival has served as an educational experience for students.

“This has been a great capstone experience for our undergraduate educations,” Yeap said. “We also have several alumni helping out. In fact, three classes are coming together as a collective to help make the event a success.”

Ernie Cadotte, professor of learning innovation, said managing the intricacies of a real-world event provides a significant educational opportunity.

“The students break ties with the normal classroom setting and instead are challenged to create a hands-on learning experience,” Cadotte said. “Their mission is to bring the community together, both in support of Samaritan Place and to enjoy a beautiful day with friends and family.”

Community members interested in registering for the race should visit http://bit.ly/2czSSXz or www.thebarefootbenefit.org for more information.

Posted in 2014