College of Business Administration News

Full-Time MBA Program Hosts Open House January 16

UT’s full-time Master of Business Administration Program will host an open house for prospective candidates on Thursday, January 16. Representatives from the innovative program will present information on the structure of its curriculum, the application and admissions process, financial aid, and career opportunities.

UT Study: Political Speeches Affect Businesses’ Investments in States

The tone and content of a politician’s speech affects whether businesses make financial and employment investments in that politician’s state, according to a new study from UT. Larry Fauver, the James F. Smith Jr. Professor of Financial Institutions in the College of Business Administration, co-authored the study, which examined gubernatorial speeches in the United States.

Behn to Lead Business College Master’s, Executive Education Programs

Bruce Behn

Effective January 1, 2014, new leadership will come to the College of Business Administration’s master’s and executive education programs. Bruce Behn, the Deloitte LLP Professor, will become associate dean for graduate programs and executive education. He succeeds Matt Myers, who is leaving for a dean position at Miami University in Ohio.

Tom Cervone Returns to UT as Managing Director of Professional MBA Program


Tom Cervone has returned to UT as managing director of the Professional Master of Business Administration program. Cervone is a 2010 graduate of the program, which is based in the College of Business Administration. Since graduation, he has been serving as a leadership development coach for the program.

UT Welcomed into CFA Institute University Recognition Program

UT has become part of the CFA Institute University Recognition Program, a consortium that includes fewer than 120 universities worldwide and fewer than seventy-five in the Americas. The Chartered Financial Analyst designation is a respected and recognized investment credential. To earn the CFA designation, individuals must pass three levels of exams over a three-year time frame.

Retailer for Social Cause Wins Fall 2013 Vol Court Session

From left to right: Dave Morehous of Morehous Legal Group PLLC; Jill Van Beke of Launch Tennessee; Chelsea Padgham, founder of Style with Benefits; and Jonathan Patrick of the UT Federal Credit Union.

A retailer that sells artisan goods to benefit social causes has won this semester’s Vol Court pitch competition. Chelsea Padgham, a senior in economics and founder of Style with Benefits, won first place and received $1,000 to move her business forward.

College of Business Administration Honors Alumni at Annual Gala

The College of Business Administration celebrated the accomplishments and service of three alumni and one corporation during its fifth annual Alumni Awards Gala on October 18. Almost $100,000 was raised for the College Fund for Business Administration through the combination of sponsorships and proceeds from the silent auction.

Business Students Host Fourth Annual Barefoot 5K on October 27

UT business students will host their fourth annual Barefoot Benefit 5K on Sunday, October 27 on Cherokee Boulevard in Sequoyah Hills. All proceeds from the event will go to Samaritan Place, a Knoxville-area shelter specializing in the care of low-income senior citizens.

Princeton Review: College of Business Administration One of Nation’s Best

The College of Business Administration is one of the nation’s exceptional business schools for its full-time Master of Business Administration program, according to the 2014 rankings compiled by the Princeton Review. The college was listed in the company’s Best 295 Business Schools list, which was published this week. This is the sixth year in a row that the college has received the recognition.