Ken Bulthuis receives his stripes from wife, Katie Bulthius (left) and fellow UT MBA Colonel Rem Edwards (right)
KNOXVILLE, TN — The University of Tennessee full-time MBA program congratulates Ken Bulthuis on his promotion to the rank of major in the United States Army. Ken, a member of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, MBA Class of 2012, was honored in a February 8 promotion ceremony witnessed by his fellow MBA students, faculty, and staff.
“It is wonderful to have this increased responsibility, and I am excited about the opportunity to prove myself at a higher level. I am in this position today due to the hard work of my friends, family, and co-workers. Their support and mentorship have influenced me to become who I am today,” said Bulthuis, who is a veteran of three combat tours – one in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and two in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
“Only the most capable and the most promising officers in the Armed Forces are selected for an academic assignment like the UT MBA program,” said Colonel Rem Edwards, who also is a member of the MBA Class of 2012. Edwards conducted the promotion ceremony and administered the oath of office.
“Major Bulthuis has proven through the sacrifices of several lengthy combat deployments and through his day-to-day job performance that he is ready for the increased responsibility accompanying his new rank.”
“We are pleased to have students of the caliber of Rem and Ken as students in the MBA program and are very proud of their service to our nation. It was an honor that Ken chose to share this very special moment in his military career with his UT classmates and faculty,” said Amy Cathey, executive director of the full-time MBA program.
For more information about the UT MBA program, please visit http://mba.utk.edu.
Photo caption: Major Ken Bulthuis receives his stripes from wife, Katie Bulthius (left), and fellow UT MBA classmate Colonel Rem Edwards (right) at his promotion ceremony