UT’s Aerospace and Defense MBA Students Learning from Top Leaders

THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE – Students in UT’s Aerospace & Defense MBA (ADMBA) program are already high-potential leaders in their industry. In UT’s unique ADMBA program, the students get to learn from those who have excelled at the very top.

Students will learn from five of the industry’s most respected executives when the program reconvenes in Knoxville, September 8-16. Guest speakers addressing the group will include:

· Army Lieutenant General Bill Phillips, Principal Military Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology

· Dr. Byron Knight, Chief Technologist and Systems Engineer at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

· Army Major General Gary Harrell (retired), President of Harrell Strategy Group and former Deputy Commanding General of Army Special Operations Command

· Jay Fitzsimmons, a leading industry consultant and recently retired President and CEO of GKN Aerospace, North America

· Gil Duncan, Senior Procurement Manager, Boeing 787 Systems, The Boeing Company

Phillips and Knight will be in town to brief and attend the 2012 meeting of the College of Business Administration’s Aerospace and Defense Advisory Board. Students in the ADMBA program will sit in on those presentations and participate in a dialogue with the two leaders on Friday, September 14. Fitzsimmons, Harrell, and Duncan will join the ADMBA class on Saturday, September 15, to participate in a panel discussion on leadership.

“We are honored to have a group of great leaders like this make time to support our university and our education programs like they do. Our students and our faculty get to learn from world-class business and government leaders who have excelled at the highest levels all across the aerospace and defense community,” said Andy White, director of the Aerospace & Defense MBA program.

“This tremendous opportunity is a by-product of the college’s decision to prioritize service to this vital sector of the economy. We have developed close ties through high-quality service, and we are continuing to leverage those ties in service to our students and their sponsors,” said White.

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