UT’s Business Dean Jan Williams to Retire; Search Committee Formed

 

KNOXVILLE—Jan Williams, dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will be retiring June 30, 2012. A search committee has been formed to find his replacement.

Jan WilliamsWilliams became dean of the college on July 2, 2001, but he had served as acting dean since July 2000 when his predecessor, Warren Neel, was named state commissioner of finance and administration by Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist.

Williams, who is the Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair, came to UT as a professor in 1977. Throughout the years, he has served as an associate dean of the college and as head of the college’s accounting department. Prior to coming to Knoxville, he taught at Texas Tech and the University of Georgia.

Williams earned his doctorate at the University of Arkansas, his MBA at Baylor University, and his bachelor’s degree at George Peabody College. He also worked for Arthur Young and Co. in Dallas, Texas, and Ernst & Young’s national office in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Under Jan’s leadership, our College of Business Administration has become a national leader. Its supply chain/logistics program is among the very best in the country. Jan also was at the helm when the magnificent new James A. Haslam II Business Building opened,” said Susan Martin, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. “We wish him well in this new phase of his life, and we will work hard to find a leader who will lead the college to great things in the future.”

Martin has named the members of the search committee, which will be chaired by Wayne Davis, dean of the College of Engineering. Members are:

  • Kate Atchley, distinguished lecturer and director of the business college’s Executive MBA for Strategic Leadership and leadership development programs
  • Bruce Behn, Ergen Professor in Business in the Department of Accounting and Information Management; Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) faculty fellow
  • Jacob LaRiviere, assistant professor of economics in the College of Business Administration
  • Bobby Mee, William and Sara Clark Professor in Business in the college’s Department of Statistics, Operations, and Management Science
  • Matt Murray, Ball Corporation Professor in Business; associate director of CBER
  • Mintha Roach, president and CEO, Knoxville Utilities Board; president, UT Knoxville Alumni Board of Directors; past chair, Chancellor’s Associates; member, College of Business Administration Advisory Council to the Deans
  • Tyvi Small, coordinator of diversity initiatives for the College of Business Administration
  • Anne Smith, Flaskerud Professor in Business in the college’s Department of Management
  • Ted Stank, Harry J. and Vivienne R. Bruce Chair of Excellence in the college’s Department of Marketing and Logistics
  • Tracie Woidtke, David E. Sharp/Home Federal Bank of Tennessee Professor in Banking and Finance; director of the doctoral program in finance; research fellow in the college’s Corporate Governance Center
  • Will Jolly, a senior majoring in finance

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, ablakely@utk.edu)

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