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May 2013

2013 College of Business Administration Awards

Each year, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration honors our faculty, students, and staff for their extraordinary achievements. Please join us in congratulating these deserving individuals for their commitment to excellence!

Superior Customer Responsiveness: Jane Moser, Statistics, Operations, and Management Science
Professionalism: Susan McGee, Economics Top Graduates
Innovation & Creativity: Andrew Seidler, Undergraduate Programs

Alayna Y. HoltAccounting
Chelsea C. JacobsLogistics
Taylor C. GoinsManagement
Keegan H. MartinFinance
Daniel J. AycockAccounting

Allen H. Keally Outstanding Teacher Award: Ted Stank, Bruce Chair of Excellence, Marketing and Supply Chain Management
The Tim Williams Volunteer Spirit Faculty Award: Lane Morris, Skinner Professor, Management
Richard C. Reizenstein Outstanding Commitment to Students Award: Suzan P. Murphy, Distinguished Lecturer, Finance
Martin & Carol Robinson Outstanding Teaching, Research & Service Award: Joe Carcello, Ernst & Young Professor in Accounting, Accounting and Information Management
William L. Vallett Jr. Outstanding Researcher Award: Russell Crook, Management
Richard D. Sanders Award for Leadership in Executive Education: Ted Stank, Bruce Chair of Excellence, Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Allen H. Keally Graduate Teaching Award: Julianna Butler, Economics
Michael J. Stahl and Gregory M. Bounds Graduate Research Award: David Gligor, Marketing and Supply Chain Management

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PwC Sponsors Corporate Governance Center Distinguished Speaker Series

PwC has committed up to $90,000 over three years to the Corporate Governance Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in support of the center’s Distinguished Speaker Series. The series brings experts on various areas of government, accounting, business, and law to the UT campus to present to and interact with undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and community business leaders.

The UT Corporate Governance Center (CGC) is among national leaders in conducting and disseminating research on aspects of corporate governance. Its primary emphasis is on aspects of corporate governance with a significant public policy focus, such as board structure including key board committees, compensation policy, and institutional shareholder activism.

PwC’s Center for Board Governance helps directors effectively meet the challenges of their critical roles by sharing governance leading practices, publishing thought leadership materials, and offering forums on current issues. The center’s partners and experienced professionals also meet regularly with boards of directors, audit committees, and executives to share insights into significant governance challenges and developments.

“It is an honor for the CGC to be associated with PwC,” said Joe Carcello, the center’s director of research, “as PwC has made a substantial commitment to promoting good corporate governance through their Center for Board Governance. Their sponsorship will allow the CGC to continue exposing students, faculty, and the surrounding business community to outstanding speakers in the future.”

“We are excited to support the CGC in its efforts to improve the dialogue around corporate governance,” said Mary Ann Cloyd, Leader of PwC’s Center for Board Governance. “The job of serving on a board is more challenging than ever and directors remain in the spotlight with scrutiny from shareholders, regulators, and other stakeholders.”

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Faculty Member Had a Leadership Role in AACSB Developing New Accreditation Standards for a New Era in Management EducationJan R. Williams

As society demands more from the world’s business schools, dramatic changes in higher education are creating new challenges and opportunities. To provide leadership for this new era in management education, AACSB International (AACSB) released a new set of accreditation standards for the world’s leading business schools.

Dean and Professor Emeritus Jan R. Williams of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration is past chair of the AACSB and is a member of the AACSB Blue Ribbon Committee on Accreditation Quality (BRC) that helped create these new standards. He also is a member of the Accounting Standards Working Group that simultaneously developed revised standards for accounting programs.

After over two years of study and collaboration with the global management education community, the BRC critically examined market needs, re-considered definitions of excellence and the role of accreditation, and focused on defining new standards that:
· Drive innovation in business schools to create and sustain value for students, employers, and the communities they serve.
· Go beyond quality and ensure that business schools also have an impact through both scholarly education and the creation of new knowledge.
· Require significant engagement between faculty, students, and business professionals, fostering meaningful interactions to create and share knowledge that is both scholarly and relevant to practice.

“This has been a rigorous process and one that is already having a significant impact on business schools worldwide,” says Williams. “The emphasis on innovation, impact, and engagement is more than a label. These principles permeate both the business and accounting standards and will significantly challenge our schools. Having a leadership role in AACSB during this important initiative was a privilege, and I am looking forward to implementing the unanimously approved new standards for both business and accounting.”

Just as every organization and individual has been challenged in the past decade to reconsider how to create value in a rapidly changing global economy, so too have business schools faced questions about their approaches to educating future leaders.

“Business schools are at a time of unprecedented change. To remain current, leaders within the industry had to stand back and evaluate where management education needed to go,” said Joseph DiAngelo, chair of the AACSB board of directors and dean of the Erivan K. Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University.

“Throughout this process, we looked deeply at the marketplace to determine new routes to relevance, to ensure business schools are developing the type of leaders that society needs for the future. The changes will keep business schools at the heart of global commerce.”

Designed to give business schools the flexibility to innovate to meet the rapidly changing needs of the employer and student markets—while still holding institutions to the highest standards of quality—the new standards will provide a new benchmark for excellence.

AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), founded in 1916, is an association of more than 1,350 educational institutions, businesses, and organizations in 83 countries and territories. Its mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. AACSB is the leading accreditation body for institutions offering degrees in business and accounting.

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Greeneville Native Establishes Scholarship for North Greene High School Alum

Gary and Donna Rose of Lithia, Florida, recently established the Gary and Donna Gaby Rose Business Scholarship in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration.

Earnings from the endowed scholarship will be awarded to alumni of North Greene High School who are accepted into majors in the UT College of Business Administration.

Donna Gaby Rose (daughter of Warren and Alice Gaby of Baileyton, Tenn.) is a 1983 graduate of North Greene High School and a 1987 graduate of the UT College of Business Administration with a degree in accounting. A certified public accountant, she operates her own accounting firm serving clients throughout the greater Tampa Bay area.

Rose’s husband, Gary, is a 1985 UT alumnus who serves as president of FMS Purchasing and Services, headquartered in Clearwater, Fla.

The Roses have also established a scholarship in the UT College of Education, Heath, and Human Sciences for a student of Gary’s hometown of Franklin, Ohio. They reside in Florida with their two children, Alan (17) and Chrissy (15).

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Mary Sue Younger Leaves Her Mark on UT StudentsMary Sue Younger

“Let me be blunt: IGSP is the best educational deal at UT, period. Statistics transformed my good dissertation into a great dissertation. I have a built-in edge in job interviews and a resume line that will always attract attention. In the recession of 2011, I am not looking for job offers; they are looking for me.” UT Nuclear Engineering PhD Graduate.

Mary Sue Younger of the University of Tennessee’s Department of Statistics, Operations, and Management Science is retiring in June after 39 years at UT. She currently is director of the Intercollegiate Graduate Statistics Program (IGSP) and has served in that role since 1997. That program allows master’s and PhD students in 40 different programs at UT to earn a minor or a master’s degree in statistics. In the age of big data, the program provides UT graduates a competitive edge in their job searches and their careers.

Younger has worked closely with IGSP students; she has served as the statistical guru on the masters or PhD committee of 115 of them. She has coauthored journal articles with many of them in diverse areas such as audiology, transportation engineering, agricultural engineering, nursing, physiology, equine medicine, and health care management.

She has been an innovator and a leader throughout her career. She served as the first female president of the Southeastern Chapter of the Decision Sciences Institute. She has served as assistant dean of graduate studies in the UT College of Business Administration. She authored two books; she wrote the first one out of frustration; she couldn’t find a good textbook for the senior regression course that she taught. So, she wrote her own. She also has been an innovator as a teacher and has received awards both from the college and the campus for her innovation in distance education.

Younger also is an expert rider and trainer of horses and an expert scorer of equestrian competitions. She scored all three equestrian events at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. Her retirement will give her more time to pursue that passion and to volunteer with STAR (The Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding).

As a professor, she has had an impact on the lives of many, many grateful students. In her retirement she will continue to have an impact with an entirely different group of students.

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Alum Spotlight: Mike West

Mike WestAs a corporate executive, entrepreneur, and former UT Vol football player, College of Business Administration alumnus Mike West (’89) knows the significance of commitment and hard work. He has decades of entrepreneurial and executive management experience coupled with a background in financial management, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and business development – all of which prove to be critical in his role as senior partner and CEO of Knoxville-based BPV Capital Management, LLC.

In the past,West has served as executive director of the University Cardiovascular Care Consortium, president and CEO of the Alliance for Quality Care, vice president of business development and strategic planning for ZCI, and chairman of the board and CEO of Homepoint. Most recently, he served as managing partner of Northshore Management Company, LLC, a private holding company with control investments in a variety of asset management, real estate development, business services, and mergers and acquisitions firms.

West is a recognized thought leader and frequent media guest contributor who has been interviewed by MSNBC, Reuters, Bloomberg, the New York Times, the LA Times, USA Today, ABC, CNN, CNNfn, ESPN, Fox News, and NBC. Additionally, he lectures frequently for in various outlets and has authored several articles in trade publications.

In addition to his professional obligations, West has given of his time in serving on a number of civic boards, including the Advisory Council to the Dean associated with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration ; Knoxville’s historic Tennessee Theatre; the UT SIM Center; the Knoxville Chamber; the Blount Hearing and Speech Foundation; the Jason Foundation; and the Advisory Council to the President of Furman University. The Michael A. & Tiffiny R. West Wing in the James A. Haslam II Business Building on the UT Knoxville campus is named for West and his wife, Tiffiny, also a 1989 graduate of the university, for their service to their alma mater.

West recently was honored by the PathNorth foundation, a resource for business leaders dedicated to bringing meaning, authenticity, and a fresh perspective to both work and life. West received its prestigious John C. Whitehead award earlier this year.

“When I consider the words people use to describe John Whitehead – integrity, selflessness, service, and character – I am humbled to be honored with this award,” said West.

The John C. Whitehead award is given to families and individuals who exemplify the vision of PathNorth to live integrated lives of meaning and contribution.

“Mike West epitomizes principle-based leadership. He is authentic and caring and seeks to bring value to his community. He is a model for all,” said ambassador and founder of PathNorth, J. Douglas Holladay.

“I have spent my career trying to make a difference and contribute in some small way. If that effort has brought value, then I am blessed,” West said.

West plans to display the John C. Whitehead award in his office so that he can be continually reminded of how imperative it is to make a positive difference in his industry as well as his community. To read more about Mike West and BPV Capital Management, please visit

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Faculty Spotlight: Kate Atchley

Kate AtchleyThe word “psychology” often conjures up images of ink-blot tests, angst-ridden patients reclining on couches, or esoteric theoretical discussions. However, those who talk to Kate Atchley, distinguished lecturer of management and director of the Executive MBA for Strategic Leadership program in the College of Business Administration, are rewarded with a fresh, new perspective. Those who are fortunate enough to be her students receive a gift to be cherished for a lifetime.

Atchley holds a PhD in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Tennessee. She teaches leadership and executive development in executive-level MBA programs and non-degree courses within the college’s Center for Executive Education. She also teaches change management in the Physician Executive MBA program, where she has been nominated numerous times and won “outstanding teacher.”

While working in Thailand, Atchley was a guest lecturer at Burapha University, where she conducted classes in cognitive and emotional intelligence as it relates to employee selection. She has presented research and symposia at a variety of national and professional conferences. Her effectiveness as an educator no doubt stems from her pragmatic approach to her area of expertise.

For example, when asked about hot, new trends in the industry, she responds with refreshing candor. “You know, we may have some fancy new names for it, but the crux of the matter is still the same as it always has been: leadership is about getting things done and building healthy relationships. That’s what we emphasize in our programs at UT. Our goal is to get executives and managers to think two levels above where they are now.”

When pressed further about “hot topics,” Atchley identifies a few issues that seem to be especially pertinent today. “Business ethics was brought to the forefront with the Enron and WorldCom scandals. The mindset of the millennial generation—their need for feedback, their propensity to leave companies, and so forth—is a popular topic. And I certainly have seen much more dialogue in the classroom about servant leadership and leaving the world a better place.”

For Atchley, however, the core lesson—the life-changing, career-transforming knowledge she hopes to impart—is that “it’s not all about you. It’s about your relationships and what you can accomplish with and through others.”

“My philosophy of leadership is practical, not idealistic,” she elaborates. “We all come to the table with our own unique strengths and weaknesses. The key is to acknowledge them, improve our strengths, compensate for our weaknesses, and find a place that is a good fit.”

Atchley certainly seems to walk the talk, apparently relishing the good fit she has found at UT. “ I consider myself extremely lucky to be working with high achievers,” she says. “Our students are highly motivated and intelligent, and it is a privilege to work with them and watch as they improve and grow.”

Beyond the classroom, Atchley enjoys her role as managing partner of Tennessee Assessment Center, a consulting firm specializing in the selection and development of managers and executives. She has consulted for companies both nationally and in Southeast Asia, including Shinawatra Company, Ruby Tuesday, Tennessee Valley Authority, Boeing, Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, and BellSouth. She is most interested in employee selection, executive development, performance appraisal, and individual differences in the workplace.

“I love my work, but I must admit that my priority is spending time with my family.” Her husband, Scott, works for the supercomputing directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The couple has two children, Lillian and Sam. “Yes, I’m perpetually very tired, but it’s worth it,” she laughs, once again demonstrating her refreshing pragmatism and exuding a serenity that most working mothers would covet. “I also am involved in my church and enjoy gardening and traveling…when I have the time,” she adds, conceding that her time for those activities is extremely limited.

Atchley has had the opportunity to share some of her own work-life balance techniques by leading a course titled, Women, Power, and Influence, which helps female professionals use their unique leadership skills to achieve their career aspirations.

Although her personal preference is to discuss “genderless” leadership issues in a co-ed setting, Atchley admits that there are advantages to a class designed solely for women. “I think there are some topics that can be discussed more comfortably and candidly in a same-sex setting,” she explains. “For example, research indicates that women leaders typically need coaching in the areas of negotiation and self-promotion, whereas men often need coaching in how to deal with the emotions that people bring to the workplace,” says Atchley. “Both women and men struggle with the challenges of work-life balance, but women are more comfortable talking openly about those challenges.”

Despite acknowledging these generalities, Atchley is quick to stress that leadership development is still a very personalized process, unique to each individual. “Ultimately, my job is to inspire each person to recognize and improve upon his or her own strengths and weaknesses, and it’s an extremely rewarding process. I get a lot of satisfaction out of seeing students succeed, particularly as they learn how to coach and develop their people. Leadership is a gift that keeps on giving!”

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Student Spotlight: Robert McGhee

Robert McGheeExecutive MBA for Strategic Leadership student Robert (Robbie) McGhee was born in Oahu, Hawaii, though he lived all over the United States during his father’s career with the Marine Corps. When his father was deployed, McGhee would return to Alabama with his mother to be closer to their family and to the reservation of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. As an enrolled member of the tribe, McGhee is a loyal activist: “It is not always about seeking higher positions, but contributing as much as I can to be effective,” he says. “You don’t have to be the chief or have the highest title to be satisfied with the work you have done – just always strive to be an advocate for the tribe and native people.”

McGhee has returned to Alabama, though his education and career took him to various states over the past several years. He earned undergraduate degrees from the University of South Alabama and the University of Alabama and a Master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis in social work before joining the UT Executive MBA for Strategic Leadership Program this year. He also completed the Georgetown Executive Leadership Program in Washington, D.C., and has had the opportunity to serve numerous White House initiatives and boards.

For five years, McGhee worked in Washington, D.C., at the Department of Interior-Bureau of Indian Affairs, the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Troutman Sanders LLP-Indian Law Practice Group. He has been involved at all levels of government regarding issues facing American Indians in the United States. Additionally, McGhee has been an active member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Tribal Council for nine years, for which he currently serves the council as its treasurer, and he serves as eastern regional representative for the National Indian Gaming Association.

McGhee was appointed by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Tribal Advisory Committee. McGhee also serves on the National Indian Child Welfare Association Board of Directors and the Alabama Children’s First Foundation Board of Directors.

Prior to accepting the position of governmental relations advisor for the tribe, McGhee held the positions of tribal administrator and president and CEO of Creek Indian Enterprises. McGhee was recently honored with the University of South Alabama Distinguished Alumni Award for 2013.

“I never thought about getting an award like this,” says McGhee. “I have been doing the work for the tribe that I like to do. It is a part of me – my genetic makeup,” he continues. “This job is not just 8 to 5. It is my life, 24/7.”

McGhee hopes to be the chairman of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in the future, but says that if that does not happen, he hopes to still be an advocate at all levels of government for Native Americans. For now, he is diligently pursuing his MBA, something he chose as a challenge that would expand his education. In his limited free time, he enjoys the outdoors, hiking, biking, kayaking, and adventure racing, and he especially looks forward to spending time with his four nephews and niece who range in ages from 6-20.

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