Campaign for Tennessee News

Alum Celebrates Family Legacy with Gift to College of Business Administration

Alumnus Joe Crafton, president of CROSSMARK, a leading provider of services to the consumer goods industry, has provided a gift to the College of Business Administration at UT Knoxville, in recognition of the impact UT has had on his family. His gift supports technology in the college’s new James A. Haslam II Business Building and shopper marketing efforts in the college’s Department of Marketing and Logistics.

Rockwell Collins Chairman and UT Knoxville Alum Invests in Student Leadership Program

UT Knoxville alumnus Clay Jones and his wife, Debbie, have donated $1 million to provide funding for the university’s student leadership program. Jones, Rockwell Collins chairman, president, and chief executive officer, visited campus last week to discuss plans for the gift, which will fund the Jones Director of Leadership Programming in the student affairs division.

UT Knoxville Breaks Ground on John Tickle Engineering Building

UT Knoxville broke ground Tuesday on the John Tickle Engineering Building, a cutting-edge facility that will house two key departments in the university’s College of Engineering. The five-story, 110,000-square-foot building, named for Tickle, president and owner of Strongwell Corp. and a 1965 alumnus of the college, will contain laboratory space, classrooms and offices. In addition, the building also will anchor a new gateway to campus and provide a new link between Neyland Drive and the Hill.

Strickland to Chair UT College of Business Administration Fundraising Campaign

Michael Strickland, founder and CEO of Bandit Lites Inc., the second-largest event lighting company in the world, has agreed to chair the annual giving campaign for the College of Business Administration at UT Knoxville. Strickland is a 1977 graduate of the college. The college’s annual giving program is part of the Campaign for Tennessee, the university’s $1 billion fundraising effort.