KNOXVILLE — Sarah Gardial, vice provost of faculty affairs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been named board president of the MBA Roundtable, the premier organization that provides guidance and leadership for MBA curriculum worldwide.
“I am honored to be appointed board president of this prestigious leadership group and to be associated with such an esteemed group of colleagues,” said Gardial. “Being involved with UT’s MBA program has been one of my most valued academic experiences, and it will be great to share my learning at this new level.”
Her term runs from January 2010 through December 2012.
The MBA Roundtable establishes MBA curricula worldwide; member schools benchmark against one another, establish the best practices and work to identify educational trends. The roundtable collaborates with students, educators and employers to identify skill sets that MBA graduates must have in order to be productive members of the business community.
“Having UT represented at the highest levels of this organization reinforces the progressiveness, innovativeness and leadership of UT’s full-time MBA program,” said Amy Cathey, full-time MBA program director.
Gardial joined UT in 1986 as an assistant professor in the Department of Marketing and Logistics. She began teaching in the full-time MBA program in 1992 and maintained that role even when she became associate dean of the college’s academic programs and university vice provost.
“Sarah has been an inspirational leader to our MBA students and the entire MBA community,” said Cathey. “The impact she’s had on our students’ lives is immeasurable. She will now be able to apply her skills and knowledge on a much more global scale.”
Gardial has been involved with the MBA Roundtable since 1999 and has been a member of the eight-person board since 2007.
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