Lelan Statom (’86) is an Emmy-award-winning meteorologist
and talk show host for NewsChannel 5 in Nashville.
Ron Frieson (’81) is the senior vice president for external
affairs for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and a retired senior
executive of BellSouth Corporation.
Alan Wilson (’80) is the chairman, president, and CEO of
McCormick and Company Inc.
Colonel Hartsfield (UT Space Institute, 1971) is a former
NASA astronaut and U.S. Air Force pilot.
Johnson graduated from the College of Engineering in 1994.
After earning his MBA from Harvard, he served as a White House fellow
under Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and now serves as vice
president for RLJ Equity Partners in Washington, D.C.
Dickey is an accomplished actress who has appeared in
television and film productions. She starred in Clarence Brown
Theatre's production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" in September 2009.
Grabenstein worked in advertising for almost 20 years,
writing commercials for America’s top agencies and serving as executive
vice president of Young and Rubicam in New York. Several years ago he
began writing mystery and thriller books for adults as well as a series
of books for children and young adults. His most recent work, “Mind
Scrambler,” has been nominated for a number of awards.
Wojciechowski is senior national sports columnist for
Alan Gottlieb is a nuclear engineering graduate of the
University of Tennessee, but he has built a successful career in
communications and politics.
Hopper, a 1976 graduate in psychology, began his career
working on a White House-sponsored urban education program, “Communities
in Schools,” in inner-city Atlanta and the Bronx and Harlem
neighborhoods of New York.
Jones is the president and CEO of Rockwell Collins Inc. in Cedar
Rapids, Iowa. Rockwell designs, produces, markets, and supports
communication and aviation electronics for commercial, military, and
government customers, and is the U.S. Army’s leading provider of
handheld global positioning systems (GPS). The company is No. 24 on
BusinessWeek’s annual list of the 50 best performing companies.
A West Tennessee native, Pearson received his undergraduate degree
from UT before receiving his medical degree at UT Health Science Center.
For the last 10 years, he has been a member of the surgical faculty at
Vanderbilt University, specializing in cancer research and the clinical
practice of surgery and teaching the importance of the patient's
narrative in medicine. Pearson was on campus recently to discuss his
first novel, Rupture, a medical thriller set in Memphis.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Poland Victor Ashe served
as the mayor of Knoxville for 16 years and was recently appointed by
President Barack Obama to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors,
which oversees operations of international broadcasting.
Stevens, a graduate of the College of Engineering, is vice president
and general manager for Illinois Tool Works, a Fortune 200 company.
Ford, an alumna of the College of Arts and Sciences, is a
professional speaker with more than 20 years of experience presenting to
businesses, associations, and governments; her main focus is customer
Dewayne Scott is president and CEO of SRS Inc. in Nashville, Tenn.
SRS grew from $150,000 in sales in 2001 to $24 million in 2007 and was
named the Small Business Administration 8(a) Company of the Year for the
state of Tennessee in 2005. It is the largest African-American owned
firm (by revenue) in Middle Tennessee and the region’s third largest
Strickland is the founder and CEO of Bandit Lites, a global leader in
the entertainment lighting industry that has offices in Knoxville,
Nashville, London, Hong Kong, San Francisco, and Taiwan.
Janice McKinley is the vice president and chief nursing officer at
Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. Under her leadership, Parkwest has
won eight “Top 10 Hospital” designations, the VHA Leadership Award for
Clinical Excellence, and numerous other awards.
Laura Barnes is the vice president for patient care services at East
Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Barnes is the recipient of numerous
awards including the Tennessee Hospital Association Nurse of Distinction
Award and the College of Nursing Outstanding Alumni Award for her
accomplishments in the areas of management/administration and community
Jason Houser currently serves as assistant director for legislative
affairs for the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. In
this position he works as a liaison between the department and Congress
on a portfolio of issues pertaining to science and technology,
intelligence, and domestic nuclear detection.
Joe Emert is president of First Choice Medical in Maryville, TN. For
the benefit of future nurses, whose practice is likely to require
intercultural experience, Emert and his wife, Cindy, have established
the Clariece Stewart Emert and Betty Simpson Papp Endowment for
Intercultural Healthcare Opportunities in the College of Nursing.
Everett Medling was a member of the first graduating class of the
School of Architecture at the University of Tennessee in 1969. His
projects have included such high-profile structures as the William B.
Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, the US Embassy in Moscow, the
CIA Headquarters Addition, the Pentagon North Addition, and the Jack
Daniel Distillery Visitors Center in Lynchburg, TN.
Clint Boyd Jr., an industrial engineering grad, has worked with such
clients as the Tennessee Titans, Nissan North America, and a variety of
religious and educational groups through Higher Ground Training Inc., a
personal and professional training company he started with his wife
and business partner in Nashville.
Brent Hubbs is known around East Tennessee as a UT athletics and
recruiting expert. He publishes volquest.com and is a two-time
recipient of the Tennessee Sportswriter of the Year Award.
Kellie Jolly Harper played for Pat Summitt’s Lady Vols during their
run of three consecutive national championships, and now she has
enjoyed great success in her first year as head coach of the women’s
basketball team at North Carolina State University.