Hinch was the first to be honored thorough the Accomplished
Alumni Program. She is a life coach and former Fortune 500 executive
who has worked for such organizations as Edison Schools, Ultrafem Inc.,
Neutrogena, Clairol, and Procter and Gamble. She now shares her
experience with others through seminars, events, and personal coaching.
Al Williams, chief financial officer for Bush
Brothers and Company, and Dave Freeman, vice president of sales for
Activision Blizzard, were honored for their achievements in business and
recognized for sharing their time and talent with the MBA students.
Williams and Freeman served as the keynote speakers for the weekend.
Freeman founded 36 Venture Capital in 2007 and currently serves as
the company’s CEO. The company maintains investments in professional
hockey, baseball, and soccer clubs. He is chairman of the Nashville
Predators (NHL) and the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (AA Southern
Wagner graduated from the law college in 1951 and serves as
chief administrative law judge for the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission. He has received numerous awards including the Department of
the Army’s highest honor, the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian
Service. He appears in four editions of Who’s Who, including Who’s Who
in the World.
Deedee Trotter (U.S. track and field), and Jangy Addy
(Liberia track and field) were all part of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing,
China. Trotter and Addy were recognized as part of the Accomplished
Alumni program as they were recent graduates of the university.
Moffitt was the CEO and editor-in-chief of Esquire
magazine, rebuilding it into a successful publication. In 1987 Moffitt
resigned from Esquire to immerse himself in spiritual life. He
devoted himself to the study of Buddhism and was ordained as a lay
priest in Theravada Buddhism. He now travels the country to teach about
spirituality and balance.
Madden graduated with her bachelor’s and master’s
degrees from the University of Tennessee. She is a well known author of
several books and has also been published in a number of publications,
including the Los Angeles Times. Her Maggie Valley Trilogy, which
includes the books Gentle’s Holler, Louisiana’s Song, and Jessie’s
Mountain, has been nominated for a number of awards. Madden will release
a young adult literature biography on Harper Lee in the spring of 2009.
Ramsey is a UT grad who makes a living teaching
others how to manage their finances, get out of debt, save their
earnings, and give back to their communities. He offers life-changing
financial advice as host of a nationally syndicated daily radio program.
Ayers assumed the presidency of the University of Richmond in 2007.
He was named National Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation
for the Advancement of Teaching in 2003. A historian of the American
South, one of his books, The Promise of the New South: Life After
Reconstruction, was a finalist for both the National Book Award and
the Pulitzer Prize in 1992.
Davis has provided analysis for just about every major sport and
television network, and he has called the past three BCS National
Championship football games. Before devoting himself completely to
broadcasting, Davis served as assistant athletic director at Stanford
University, director of the U.S. Olympic Training Center, special
assistant to the executive director of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and
assistant football coach at the University of the Pacific.
Bob Gillcrist (’81) is the senior vice president for Hellmuth, Obata,
and Kassabaum, the largest architecture firm in the world. (He also
comes from a large family; Gillcrist is one of 10 children who all
attended the University of Tennessee!)
Auma is senior communications officer for The World Bank in
Washington, D.C., and chairs the World Bank Group-IMF African Society.
Kaufman, an alumna of the College of Business Administration, is
Tennessee Titans Vice President and CFO.
Kline is a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences and the
College of Law. Kline was chairman of Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. from
April 2002 until April 2007 and CEO from April 2001 to January 2004 and
again from December 2005 until April 2006. He was vice chairman of the
board from April 2000 to April 2002. Before joining Coca-Cola
Enterprises, Kline was an attorney with Miller and Martin in
Ramsey is a graduate of the College of Business
Administration. He is a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist with
the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., and has been named a Pulitzer
Prize finalist twice for his work. He also has illustrated several
books. Ramsey worked for the Daily Beacon when he was a student
at UT; his collegiate cartoons won the John Locher Memorial Award, the
top prize awarded to college editorial cartoonists.
John Hubbard graduated with a Ph.D. in psychology
from the University of Tennessee in 1983. He is now the global
president of ICON. ICON Clinical Research specializes in the planning
management, execution and analysis of Phase IIb—IV clinical trials,
ranging from small studies to complex, multinational projects.