College of Business Administration News

Health Care Executive, Entrepreneur Receives Accomplished Alumni Award

From left: Chip Bryant, executive director of development for the College of Business Administration; Gary Pratt, Accomplished Alumnus; Lee Patouillet, associate vice chancellor for Alumni Affairs; and Tom Graves, director of operations for Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Gary Pratt, an entrepreneur and chief executive officer of an internationally recognized health care nonprofit, has received the Accomplished Alumni Award from UT. The 1977 business administration graduate was honored during a UT visit to speak to new venture creation classes Thursday. Lee Patouillet, associate vice chancellor for alumni affairs, presented the award to Pratt.

Commencements Feature Notable Speakers, Including Pulitzer Winner


Alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Noble Wilford will receive an honorary doctorate during this semester’s commencement ceremonies. Wilford, a 1955 journalism graduate, will receive an honorary doctorate of letters and science at the College of Communication and Information ceremony on May 7. He headlines the list of accomplished speakers at this spring’s college ceremonies, which begin May 7 and run through May 10. More than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.

UT Introduces EMBA For Healthcare Leadership

UT is introducing a one-year Executive MBA in Healthcare Leadership program for health care professionals. The inaugural class will begin in January 2015. Led by student requests, the program is a fusion of the College of Business Administration’s Physician Executive MBA program and its nondegree executive development programming. The Physician Executive MBA program has been ranked the No. 1 preferred MBA program exclusively for physicians by Modern Healthcare/Modern Physician magazine for more than ten years.

UT Hosts Inaugural Manufacturing Executive Summit May 2

Manufacturing is gaining momentum nationwide, creating jobs, and it is expected to grow faster than the overall US economy, according to the latest quarterly economic forecast from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation. The College of Business Administration recognizes this game-changing resurgence and is using its supply chain and manufacturing expertise to shape the industry and inspire change. UT will host the inaugural Executive Summit for Manufacturing Leaders on May 2 in the James A. Haslam II Business Building.

Innovative Wedding Registry Wins Spring 2014 Vol Court Session

From left to right are Myra Hamilton, UT Federal Credit Union; Christopher Saah; David Morehous; Dave Seeman; and Dave Williams, UT Anderson Center.

A business that simplifies wedding registries for couples is the winner of this semester’s Vol Court pitch competition. Dave Seeman, senior in mechanical engineering and founder of Willow List, an innovative gift registry that uses crowd sourcing to fund gifts, won first place and received $1,000 to move his business forward.

Business Alumna Establishes Endowment for Grads to Golf Program


Alumna Janet McKinley has established an endowment to promote an interest in golf among female Master of Business Administration students. The Janet McKinley MBA Golf Endowment will be based in the College of Business Administration. Earnings from the endowment will fund the new Grads to Golf program.

Business Dean Emeritus Receives Leadership Award


Jan Williams, dean emeritus and professor emeritus of UT’s College of Business Administration, received the John J. Fernandes Strategic Leadership Award, given by the Academy of Strategic and Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Allied Academies Spring 2014 International Conference.