UT Honors Top Alumni in Annual Awards

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The university honored four alumni Friday night with the Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award, the highest honor reserved for alumni who have excelled in their field on the national or international stage and have brought credit to UT.

UT also recognized several alumni for their service and achievements at the annual awards banquet on Friday. For the full list, visit tiny.utk.edu/pU2Vt.

The 2013 top honorees were:

  • Charles C. Anderson Jr., a College of Business Administration alumnus, is chief executive officer of Anderson Media Corporation, operator of Anderson Merchandisers, the nation’s largest distributor and merchandiser of consumer magazines, books, and prerecorded music.
  • Dee Bagwell Haslam, a College of Education alumna, is chief executive officer of the RIVR Media companies. She has led the team in the production of more than eighty series and documentaries.
  • Jimmy Haslam, a College of Business Administration alumnus, is chief executive officer of Pilot Flying J and Pilot Logistics Services, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America.
  • James J. Powell Sr., an agriculture alumnus, is founder of Johnson City–based Powell Construction Company, a giant in the construction, mining, energy, and hospitality industries.
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