UT’s Supply Chain Graduate Programs Ranked Second in the Nation

Graduate programs in supply chain management at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business are ranked second in the nation, according to a recent report* by Gartner, a leading industry research company.

Haslam’s graduate supply chain programs were ranked third in Gartner’s last report, Top U.S. Supply Chain Graduate University Programs, 2014.** Pennsylvania State held the highest ranking both years, Haslam ranked second and Michigan State University ranked third in 2016. The same schools are also in the top three of Gartner’s ranking for undergraduate supply chain programs.***

“We believe the rankings truly demonstrates the quality of education that our students receive,” said Chad Autry, head of the marketing and supply chain management department. “Gartner’s use of objective data and examination of multiple program dimensions in their assessment seems to cement our position in the upper echelon of the academic field. We believe this assessment will translate into future success for our students and impact on their organizations.”

Gartner ranked 44 universities nationwide on program scope, industry value and program size, gathering data through surveys and interviews of industry professionals and academics.

Haslam tied with several schools in the second highest score for program size and third for program scope. Haslam’s graduates shared the highest industry value score with graduates from MSU and Penn State

“Our supply chain faculty have built strong corporate relationships across multiple industries,” said Steve Mangum, dean of the Haslam College of Business and Stokely Management Chair. “Those relationships help our students gain real-world perspective and experience so they can affect change early on and throughout their careers.”

The supply chain programs at Haslam are consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally by Gartner, U.S. News and World Report, SCM World and Supply Chain Management Review.


*Gartner, Survey Analysis: Top 25 North American Supply Chain Graduate University Programs, 2016, 14 July 2016

**Gartner, Top U.S. Supply Chain Graduate University Programs, 2014, January 2016

***Gartner, Survey Analysis: Top 25 North American Supply Chain Undergraduate University Programs, 2016, June 2016


Katie Bahr (865-974-3589, katiebahr@utk.edu)
Tyra Haag (865-974-5460, tyra.haag@tennessee.edu)


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Haslam College of Business Dean Chosen for Secretary of Defense Program

KNOXVILLE—Stephen L. Mangum, dean of the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will participate in the U.S. Department of Defense’s oldest and most prestigious orientation program for America’s top business and community leaders.

Mangum, who also serves as the Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair, will be one of 40 participants from across the country to take part in the Joint Civilian Orientation Course August 14-20 in Washington, D.C. They will attend briefings on key defense and national security matters and also travel together on military aircraft to visit bases at each branch of the military throughout the Southeast.

The secretary of defense selected participants from 150 nominees named by senior members of his own staff as well as military service chiefs and the department’s highest-ranking generals and flag officers around the world. Mangum was nominated by the commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command.

Participants include five senior leaders from academia, including executives from Duke University, the University of North Carolina and the University of Chicago. Other program members are leaders from Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations and the media and entertainment community.

“I look forward to learning more about our nation’s military capabilities and service member preparedness firsthand,” Mangum said. “I am honored by this opportunity to better understand national security and military issues.”

Managed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Civilian Orientation Course program began in 1948. It is designed to educate and inform national opinion leaders on the strength and readiness of America’s military. It also exposes participants to the challenges faced by military members and their families and the support needs of veterans. By increasing the understanding of business and government leaders, the program enhances public understanding and support of military missions and members.

As dean of the Haslam College of Business, Mangum leads and supports 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 125 faculty members. The college confers approximately 20 percent of UT’s undergraduate degrees and 15 percent of its graduate degrees.

Since 2004, the college has prioritized service to the aerospace and defense industry. Its Aerospace and Defense Business Institute is recognized as a leading source for business education, training and research in support of the industry. The Aerospace and Defense MBA program has graduated more than 275 industry leaders, and thousands have participated in the college’s executive education short courses. The college’s professors have done more than $54 million of applied research and custom training for the Air Force since 2006.

“It’s a great honor for Dean Mangum to receive this tremendous opportunity,” said Andy White, director of the Aerospace and Defense Business Institute. “The lessons and insights he takes away will help us to better support America’s defense and our nation’s warriors.”


Tanya Brown (865-974-1570, tgbrown@utk.edu)

Tyra Haag (865-974-5460, tyra.haag@tennessee.edu)

Posted in 2014

Haslam’s Master of Business Analytics Program Ranked Highly by TFE Times

MSBA-Rankings-BronzeTFE Times (formerly the Financial Engineer) has named the Haslam College of Business in its list of top master’s in analytics programs of 2016.

Haslam’s Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) was ranked 22nd, up eight spots from 30th last year. TFE Times bases its rankings on GMAT scores, undergraduate GPA, and placement statistics at graduation and three months after. The ranking describes itself as the most comprehensive for graduate business analytics programs in the United States.

“The number of analytics programs out there is growing by the minute,” said Missie Bowers, director of Haslam’s MSBA program. “Even though our program has been around for more than five years, MSBA rankings like the TFE Times are just beginning to emerge. I think we can expect to see more of these rankings, and see Haslam’s program rise in them, as people learn more about the field.”

For the last three years, 100 percent of Haslam’s MSBA students attained jobs within three moths of graduation. A majority of students found placements even before they graduated. Students accepted into the program have an average undergraduate GPA of 3.6 and perform well above average on the quantitative portion of the GRE.

Haslam’s MSBA was the first analytics program to be housed within a business school. It focuses on quantitative, communication and soft skills, as well as technical acumen, to enable success in business.

To see a complete list of the rankings visit TFE Times’ website.

Posted in 2014

Hawks, assistant dean of finance and administration, accepts position at University of Central Missouri

Douglas Hawks, assistant dean of finance and administration for the Haslam College of Business, has been named vice president for finance and administration at the University of Central Missouri, effective Aug. 1.

Hawks, who has worked at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, since 2012, joined Haslam in 2014 and has overseen the college’s Financial Information Office, Technology Integration Services and facilities staff. Additionally, he has worked with the executive MBA programs’ Leadership Development Program and provided strategies for resource planning and allocation college-wide.

“This is a wonderful professional opportunity for Doug, although we’re sad to see him go,” said Stephen L. Mangum, dean and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair at Haslam. “The fact that he’ll be taking campus-wide responsibility at a university with more than 15,000 students is a testament to his professional training and his significant accomplishments while at the University of Tennessee. We are fortunate to have been the beneficiary of many of his UT accomplishments.”

Before joining the Haslam College of Business, Hawks was a senior consultant and auditor at the University of Tennessee System Office, where he completed consulting reports for senior administration. He also has held positions at Southern Utah University, Sonic Innovations, Inc., and Wells Fargo. Hawks earned his MBA from Indiana University and his bachelor’s in business administration from Southern Utah University. He completed his doctorate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in higher education administration.

Posted in 2014

High School Students to Participate in Accounting & Information Management Academy

Twenty rising high school juniors from across Tennessee will participate in the Accounting & Information Management (AIM) Academy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Haslam College of Business on July 16-20.

Highlights of the program include a Jeopardy-style game, in which students join teams to compete and test their knowledge, scheduled for July 20, and a financial literacy workshop entitled “It’s Your Money!” to be held on July 18.

The students, who have an average GPA of 3.6, were selected through a competitive process requiring essays, transcripts and letters of recommendation. The mission of the academy is to expose underrepresented students to the dynamics of the accounting world.

“The curiosity these students demonstrated in their applications was profound,” said Janice Branch, coordinator of academic support and engagement in the college’s Office of Diversity and Community Relations. “They were very specific in wanting to learn about accounting and their desire to attend the University of Tennessee.”

Now in its second year, the AIM Academy is sponsored by Dixon Hughes Goodman, a top-20 public accounting firm, and is open to rising high school juniors.

“We’re proud to partner with UT and the AIM Academy,” said Heather White, a campus recruiter with Dixon Hughes Goodman. “We are able to build relationships with best-in-class, high-potential students and introduce them to the accounting industry.”

During the program the students will learn about college admissions and financial aid, the foundations of accounting, business etiquette, professionalism, team building and financial literacy, as taught by Haslam faculty and Dixon Hughes Goodman staff members.

“These students will gain a solid foundation in accounting principles, financial literacy and college preparation, setting them on a path toward lucrative and meaningful careers,” Branch said.

Posted in 2014

Haslam Students Experience Brexit Firsthand While Studying in Germany


Nineteen Haslam College of Business undergraduate students returned from Germany on July 3 after spending a month taking upper-level courses in economics and international business.

Based in Freiburg, Germany, they visited several locations including the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, just two weeks before Great Britain voted to leave the European Union. While there students had a private audience with a German parliament member, hearing his firsthand opinion on the historic Brexit (British exit) referendum’s impact on global business, politics and society.

Other site visits included Lindt Chocolate and UBS Bank in Zurich, Switzerland, Mercedes-Benz, Ritter Sport and Bosch in Stuttgart, Germany, and the Hartmannswillerkopf World War I memorial, museum and cemetery in France.

The trip was led by associate professors Marianne Wanamaker, Scott Gilpatric and Georg Schaur. They taught “Economics of Business Strategy” and “Firms in International Markets,” both 400-level courses.

“The course material was focused on international firms and their challenges,” Wanamaker said. “We can certainly teach that on campus, but the details are more likely to make an impression in a study abroad context.”

One such impression, according to Wanamaker, was the frustration of attempting train travel during a labor strike.

“Many of these students will eventually find themselves in the position of having to think about supply chain management in Europe,” Wanamaker said. “I am certain these experiences will help them appreciate the continent’s more unique challenges.”

When the students were at their residences in Germany they participated in local immersion by spending time with local university students and being introduced to customs and culture by Schaur, who hails from the country.

Connor McNiff, a junior studying business analytics and international business, found the Germans he met to be “much more reserved in their social interactions” than Americans.

“They don’t greet you unless they know you,” McNiff said. “It’s different, but I got used to it. My favorite part of the trip was taking a hike in the German vineyards. Afterward we had an incredible home-cooked meal with Dr. Schaur and his parents at their home.”

Gilpatric said that in addition to international institutions and companies, students had opportunities to explore local issues and enterprises as a point of comparison with their experiences in Knoxville.

“One example would be a city council member’s unstated premise that city development should be planned and centrally managed, rather than left to private developers,” Gilpatric said. “Additionally, students got an inside look at firms like the investment bank UBS that are so international in character as to really have very little national identity. They also got to understand firms like Migros, whose identity is completely tied to its place in Swiss society.”

Posted in 2014

2016 Master of Accountancy Class Raises $46,800 to Aid Future Students

MAcc Class Gift Photo Finish2

The 2016 Master of Accountancy graduating class at the Haslam College of Business has raised $46,800 to aid future students through scholarships. The funds will be collected over three years, with students having pledged to give $100 the first year, $200 the next and $300 in the final year.

A 78 percent participation rate, along with pledges from several firms to match gifts, exceeded the fundraising committee’s expectations, according to Rachel Elkins. Elkins co-organized the campaign with fellow graduates Stephanie Atkins, James Dail, Dee Mcgaw, Thomas Dunne and Zoe Brito.

“The department uses this money for scholarships to defer the expense of CPA exam study tools,” Elkins said, pointing out that the Master of Accountancy program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has the seventh-highest certified public accountant exam pass rate in the country. “Knowing that we are helping future students achieve their goal of becoming a CPA is a great way to pay forward our appreciation for what the MAcc program has taught us and helped us to accomplish.”

Students who pledged received lunch catered by Moe’s and were invited to a party at Louisville Point Park with a meal catered by the Shrimp Dock. They also were given a Neel Corporate Governance denim shirt to commemorate the class gift and their time at Haslam.

“It’s incredible how much the teachers of the accounting department invest in us as students, and this was an opportunity to give back,” Elkins said.

Posted in 2014