UT Honors the College’s Faculty and Students

Each year, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, honors its faculty and students for their extraordinary achievements. Please help us congratulate those from UT’s College of Business Administration who earned these prestigious honors in 2013.


The Macebearer is UT’s highest faculty honor; it is awarded to a faculty member who has exhibited longstanding commitment and service to the university community, to scholarship, and to society.

This year’s honoree is Bill Fox, William B. Stokely Distinguished Professor for UT’s College of Business Administration and director of the college’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER).


BillFox200WideBill Fox has traveled to more than 40 countries on five continents to advise governments on tax policy. Stateside, he’s consulted with U.S. governors, legislatures, tax commissions, and big business. Fox’s work has received close to $36 million in funding and helps to bridge academia and practice. His insights have benefited UT and the world. Through his leadership, CBER has grown both in size and stature, making it one of UT’s most prominent and respected programs.

Fox’s research has generated an extensive list of projects and articles in leading public finance journals as well as regular coverage in such prominent media outlets as the Wall Street Journal. His accolades include receiving UT’s Bank of America Leadership Award, being appointed a UT Chancellor’s Professor, and being past president of the National Tax Association. Throughout his prominent and busy career, he has stayed committed and engaged in the success of the university and the College of Business Administration, its faculty, and its students. His colleagues say that Fox “represents the best of a professor.”



AlexMiller200WideAlex Miller, the William B. Stokely Chair in Management and former associate dean of academic programs in UT’s College of Business Administration, has been linking his research to public service for the past two decades. He has built expertise in operations improvement processes through his work with more than 50 corporations, and leveraged that expertise into a partnership with the U.S. Air Force that has brought millions of dollars in research funding and service contracts into the college. An award-winning teacher, an effective administrator, and a volunteer for numerous state and local governments, Miller played an important role in establishing the college’s executive-level MBA programs and was instrumental in revitalizing its Center for Executive Education. Miller has applied his knowledge and experience to a number of economic development organizations. He currently serves on the Industrial Development Board of Jefferson County.


The Torchbearer is the highest honor the university can give to its students. Recognition as a Torchbearer reminds all students that those who bear the Torch of Enlightenment shadow themselves to give light to others.


DanielAycock200WideDaniel Aycock is passionate about making sure his peers have a positive experience at UT. As a member of the Chancellor’s Honors Program Honors Council, he works to make their time at UT better through improving programming, advocacy, and communication. The senior accounting major from Kingsport, Tennessee, helps recruit high-achieving prospective students to UT as an Honors ambassador. He shares his own story with them and helps coordinate their visits.

Aycock is a member of the second class of the Haslam Scholars Program and is a true Volunteer in his commitment to service. In addition to his involvement in the Student Government Association, he is involved in the Student Alumni Associates, the UT Men’s Chorale, the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee, and the Jazz for Justice project, which works for holistic post-conflict reconstruction in northern Uganda.


BettyHong200WideBetty Hong is changing UT and the world. The senior in human resource management from Nashville channeled her passion for social and economic justice into the 2010 creation of the Taking Action for Social Change (TASC) Force. The organization raised money to buy bicycles for high school and college students in Cambodia to travel to and from school. Hong also led an initiative to fund 10 months of hot supplemental meals for 30 preschool students in the Svay Att Village of Cambodia. Her personal mission is to raise awareness about problems such as genocide, poverty, and hunger affecting Third World countries. She and other TASC Force leaders have hosted programs about these issues for their peers and the Knoxville community. She sets an example for servant leadership and meaningful social change at UT.

2013 Extraordinary Graduate Student Teaching

Michael McDonald, PhD in finance

2013 Extraordinary Professional Promise

Astrid Emkes, undergraduate in logistics
Chelsea Claire Jacobs, undergraduate in logistics
Margaret Preacher Ross, undergraduate in economics

2013 Scholar Athletes

Jordan McClain Mauney, undergraduate in accounting
John Murphy, undergraduate in logistics
Darren James Renwick, undergraduate in logistics

2013 Top Collegiate Scholars

Daniel Aycock, undergraduate in accounting
Chelsea Claire Jacobs, undergraduate in logistics
Taylor Cole Goins, undergraduate, management
Alayna Yvonne Holt, undergraduate in accounting
Keegan Martin, undergraduate in finance

2013 Extraordinary Campus Leadership and Service

Porter Lockhart, undergraduate in logistics

2013 Extraordinary Academic Achievement

Chelsea Claire Jacobs, undergraduate in logistics

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