Twenty-four Haslam Students Lauded at Chancellor’s Honors Banquet

Twenty-four students from the Haslam College of Business were honored on Tuesday, April 19, as part of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s 2016 Chancellor’s Honors Banquet. The banquet is held each spring to recognize students, faculty, staff and friends of the University of Tennessee for their extraordinary achievements.

Jalen Blue and Wayne Taylor were named Torchbearers, the highest honor the university gives to its students. Read more about Blue, Taylor and their fellow Torchbearers.

Haslam students Lindsey Bowman, Tyler Daugherty, Amanda Carner, Caroline Finkbeiner, Madison Hahn, Ariel Kupritz, Charles Merzbacher, Benjamin Miller, Timothy Wylie and Alicia Young were honored for Extraordinary Academic Achievement. See a list of all awardees.

Dana Parks was recognized for Extraordinary Professional Promise. Parks is completing the Master of Accountancy program and has received a job offer at EY in Atlanta to work in their Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services department. See a list of all awardees.

David Jiang, a Ph.D. candidate in business, received a Graduate Student Teaching Award for utilizing a range of teaching methods and approaches to inspire critical thinking and the application of theory to real-life situations. Read more about Jiang and his fellow awardees.

Lindsey Bowman, Amanda Carner, Tyler Daugherty, Caroline Finkbeiner, Madison Hahn, Ariel Kupritz, Charles Merzbacher, Benjamin Miller and Timothy Wylie received Outstanding Scholar Athlete Awards for excelling in both scholarship and athletics. See a list of all awardees.

Ashley Katherine Poteet received a Top Collegiate Scholar Award. See a list of all awardees.

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Haslam College of Business Honors Top Faculty and Staff

Haslam Award WinnersThe Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, announced its annual Business Awards during a celebration held April 21. The awards recognize outstanding faculty and staff accomplishments.

This year the Superior Customer Responsiveness Award went to Sherri Pinkston of the economics department.

Pinkston was recognized for her role in coordinating cross-department efforts to assist Ph.D. students. One student said: “I would have been lost without her help in everything from filing forms for graduation to keeping my job search documents organized. She takes great personal interest in the students as individuals.”

The Tim Williams Staff Award for Professionalism was awarded to Lois Welch of the accounting and information management department. Welch’s duties include serving as the assistant to the department head and organizing Accounting Day, the Accounting Round Table and the Accounting 200 awards dinner.

A faculty member said: “Lois just makes it look easy. She is the consummate professional who always seems to find a way to make things happen for you.”

Kaitlyn Wray, of the finance department, received the Innovation and Creativity Award for her unique efforts to support her department and make it more efficient. She created a custom spreadsheet which compiles budget information in one place, updating it and estimating future expenses based on the prior year’s spending. Her innovation has allowed for more informed decisions based on identifiable trends.

Marianne Wanamaker, assistant professor of economics, received the Vallet Family Outstanding Researcher Award. Her work has examined black-white education inequality, black-white wage inequality, fertility, migration, child labor and energy conservation. All of her papers since December 2014 are in journals classified as premier, elite or very good, and she has been named a fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

This year the Richard C. Reizenstein award for outstanding commitment to students was presented to John Wachowicz, professor of finance. Despite being in his last year of teaching, Wachowicz has been in his office every day with his door open to students.

Missie Bowers, professor of business analytics and statistics, was awarded the Allen H. Keally Excellence in Teaching Award for her devotion to her students. “Dr. Bowers teaches her material in depth and very clearly,” said one student. “She is always available to help and has never let a student go without understanding.”

Terry Neal, professor of accounting, was awarded the Martin and Carol Robinson Excellence in Teaching, Research and Service Award for his exemplary record. During Neal’s tenure as director of the accounting and information management Ph.D. program, the program has seen increased quality in students, student research and student placement. Neal serves on more dissertation committees than any other accounting faculty member, as well as numerous departmental and college-wide committees.

This year’s Richard D. Sanders Award for Leadership in Executive Education was presented to Jim Reeve for his high standards in leadership.

Bruce Behn, associate dean for graduate and executive education, said of Reeve: “Jim Reeve is one of the most gifted teachers and innovative faculty members we have had in the Haslam College of Business. I had the privilege of shadowing him in my early years here, and he taught me many things about being an effective classroom instructor and how to bring real-world knowledge into instructional cases.”

The Diversity and Inclusion Award was presented to the Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management with special mention being given to Diane Mollenkopf, Wendy Tate and Mary Holcomb.

In addition to the awards presented Thursday night, several faculty and staff members were honored for their service during separate awards ceremonies held in recent months.

In the MBA Program Awards, the Outstanding First Year Faculty Award was presented to Bogdan Bichescu, the Outstanding Second Year Faculty Award was presented to John Anderson and the International Students Appreciation Award was presented to David Ecklund.

In the Masters in Business Analytics Awards, the Outstanding Commitment to Students Award was presented to Bogdan Bichescu and the Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to Robert Mee.

In the Masters in Human Resource Management Awards, the Outstanding Faculty Award was presented to Cheryl Barksdale.

In the Executive Master’s Awards, the Professional MBA Outstanding Faculty Award was presented to Mandyam Srinivasan, the Aerospace and Defense MBA Outstanding Faculty Award was presented to Elaine Seat, the Executive MBA Outstanding Faculty Award was presented to Priscilla Wisner, the Physician Executive MBA Outstanding Faculty Award was presented to Don Lighter and the Physician Executive Outstanding Teaching Award was presented to Jody Crane.

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Experts Discuss Role of Analytics and Technology in Aerospace and Defense Panel

An aerospace and defense panel discussion at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business convened Thursday, April 14, to discuss the management of technology and innovation.

Aerospace and Defense MBA program students were in Knoxville for one of their on-campus sessions attended.

Retired United States Air Force Maj. Gen. Richard Webber opened the panel discussion by sharing insight into the historical development of today’s national security landscape and looked forward toward priorities that will shape the defense industry of the future.

“Data analytics, especially with all the sensors we have out there now, are increasingly important,” Webber said. “Looking into how we merge these many systems is crucial. Then there is the question of how to operate networks of that magnitude and protect them against vulnerabilities.”

Jody Singer, deputy director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, spoke about the importance of communicating the value of technological innovations to move them from a research setting into the market.

“There are a lot of times when we’ll have good technology and good ideas, but we’re finding more and more – particularly in the world of NASA – that we have to be able to tell a story about that technology to sell it,” Singer said.

Alex Miller, founder of the college’s Aerospace and Defense MBA program, said the high caliber of the invited panelists is a testament to Haslam’s reputation for quality within the aerospace and defense industries.

“These panelists have deep experience representing the perspective of the operator of technology, as well as the perspective of the supplier from both industry and government,” Miller said. “These panelists represent the sorts of organizations and companies we serve in Haslam’s Executive MBA program for Aerospace and Defense.”

Other panelists included Robert Mitchell, former vice president of Northrop Grumman Aerospace, and Ray Sellers, assistant program executive officer with the U.S. Army for aviation engineering and technology.

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Haslam Undergraduate Program Among Bloomberg Businessweek’s Top 50

Bloomberg Businessweek named the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, among the nation’s top undergraduate business schools on April 19. Haslam is 40th among public universities.

“Our curricular and co-curricular programs prepare students to step directly into the workforce and make an impact,” said Steve Mangum, dean of Haslam and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair. “This ranking reflects the regard employers have for our students.”

Bloomberg’s methodology attempts to measure graduates’ career success, relying on surveys from employers and students as well as salary and internship data. Haslam outscored its overall rank both in the average salary of its graduates and in employer surveys.

“Employers who recruit here clearly see the quality of our students as a real asset to their organization,” said Lane Morris, associate dean for undergraduate studies and student affairs at Haslam.

Bloomberg Businessweek began ranking undergraduate business programs in 2006, taking a hiatus in 2015 to retool its methodology. For the 2016 rankings, 30,000 students and almost 600 companies were surveyed. Employer surveys counted for 40 percent of each school’s overall score, student surveys 35 percent, starting salary 15 percent and internships 10 percent.

Haslam was ranked 83rd overall. To see a complete list of the rankings and methodology details, visit

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Ken Bouyer, Head of EY Americas Inclusiveness Recruiting Team, Visits Haslam

Ken Bouyer

Ken Bouyer

Ken Bouyer, director of inclusiveness recruiting for the Americas at EY, visited the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on April 13-14. He was joined by EY’s campus recruiting team.

Bouyer shared knowledge and best practices with representatives from the college’s Office of Diversity & Community Relations, faculty, students and senior leadership. In doing so, he prompted a discussion about ways to enhance Haslam’s diversity initiatives.

“We recruit and hire so many Haslam students who are very productive,” said Bouyer. “My goal is to move the needle on diversity and inclusion. We want to ensure students are prepared to work in a global marketplace because we serve global clients.”

Bouyer added that he has been consistently impressed by Haslam students.

“I really enjoyed witnessing their communication skills and the questions they asked,” said Bouyer. “They’re sharp. They care about professionalism and care about where they’re headed. We’re proud to be affiliated with Haslam and look forward to recruiting many Haslam students going forward.”

Partnering with organizations that value diversity and inclusive practices is an integral part of building the business case for diversity, said Tyvi Small, director of diversity and community relations at Haslam.

“I think this was a great opportunity for a national leader in the business field and in diversity initiatives to spend time on campus with our faculty, staff and students,” Small said. “It presented a chance for dialogue about important topics facing the business and educational communities.”

Senior accounting major Ashleigh Williams was most inspired by Bouyer’s message to excel rather than be complacent.

“It’s essential for the college to invite guests like Bouyer so students from diverse backgrounds can speak with professionals who have been in situations similar to their own,” Williams said. “Those professionals inspire us to excel and allow us to envision ourselves in leading roles.”

According to Small, Bouyer’s visit will help the college assess progress in its ongoing effort toward inclusive excellence based on its core values of impact, insight, integrity and inclusion.

“We were able to showcase our efforts while learning firsthand from a global firm that understands the skill sets and competencies students will need to thrive in a global marketplace,” he said.

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UT Dedicates Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research

DSC00081A crowd gathered Friday to dedicate the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research within UT’s Haslam College of Business and to honor alumni and benefactors Randy and Jenny Boyd.

The Randy and Jenny Boyd Distinguished Professorship was also created, and will be linked to the director of the Boyd Center going forward.

Governor Bill Haslam and UT Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek honored the couple for their commitment to education and the state of Tennessee.

“The Boyds have made significant contributions to education because they believe in its power to change peoples’ lives,” said Cheek. “The center is critical because of its research base and objectivity. Randy and Jenny’s contribution will make this center an even stronger asset to the state of Tennessee and the nation.”

Bill Fox, director of the center and inaugural recipient of the Randy and Jenny Boyd Distinguished Professor appointment, said their investment will allow the center to expand its services. The center recently hired applied microeconomist Enda Hargaden, who is finishing his doctorate at the University of Michigan.

“At its heart, the Boyd Center is a dedicated group of researchers focused on the application of policy,” said Fox. “It’s a group that has spoken to the state legislature, testified to Congress, and worked around the world.”

The center was established in 1937 as the Bureau of Business and Economic Research and became the Center for Business and Economic Research in 1967.

The Boyd Center focuses on national and state economic trends for government and private organizations. The center conducts research on economic analysis and policy considerations on taxation, health care, education, workforce needs, capital investments, and welfare.

Randy Boyd graduated in 1979 with a degree in industrial management. In 1991, he founded Radio Systems Corporation, which produces more than 4,600 pet products under brand names such as PetSafe, Invisible Fence, and SportDOG.

In 2013, he took a year’s leave of absence from his company to serve the governor in a volunteer role as special advisor on higher education. Boyd played a key role in the development of the Drive to 55 initiative and Tennessee Promise before becoming Tennessee’s commissioner of economic and community development.

Haslam discussed the Boyds’ selflessness and commitment to education.

“If you name the people who make the most impact on the state of Tennessee, near the top of the list, if not the top of the list, are Randy and Jenny Boyd,” said Haslam.

Randy Boyd serves on the Haslam College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council and as the college’s chair for the Investing in the Journey to the Top 25 campaign, a university-wide effort.

At the event, he announced that Tennessee’s unemployment has dropped to 4.5 percent for the first time since the Great Recession hit. He also encouraged attendees to invest in the Haslam College of Business.

“If you want to make a change in the world, invest in education. If you want the best return on your investment, invest in business education,” said Randy Boyd.


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Haslam MBA Students Place First in Medtronic Case Competition

IMG_1009A team of five MBA students from the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, won first place on March 31 in the Medtronic Collegiate Business Case Competition in Memphis, Tennessee.

Korri Jones, Marcus Jeter, Chutian Li, Ridge Carter and Marshall Clifton comprised the winning team. Seven schools participated in the competition through a video submission. The other school selected to present in Memphis was the University of Mississippi.

The five Haslam students answered Medtronic’s prompt as to how the company could enter a value segment without sacrificing product quality. To do so, they designed an approach and named it “capture, shape and fulfill,” said Jones, the team’s captain.

The Haslam team’s approach involved acquiring a brand with an existing market share to “capture” a market segment. They would maintain the brand’s independence but build out, or “shape,” its infrastructure with Medtronic’s quality and reliable engineering techniques. The fulfillment component of the approach would involve creating “lasting value based on the needs of the customer,” he said.

“It felt great to win against such strong competition,” Jones said. “I was able to grow through tremendous faculty assistance and some truly phenomenal teammates.”

Trent Thurman, executive director of graduate programs at Haslam, said a combination of teamwork and perseverance helped the team win the competition.

“These five students did an amazing job presenting their case,” Thurman said. “Not only was their approach to solving the Medtronic case innovative, it also was a comprehensive and multifaceted analysis and set of recommendations. They were excellent ambassadors of the university and college. We are extremely proud of them.”

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