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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s MBA program in environmental management has been rated one of the nation’s 10 best in a survey by the World Resources Institute.

“It is appropriate that in Tennessee, where the environment is one of the cornerstones of economic development, we find a national class program in environmental management,” Dr. Warren Neel, dean of the College of Business, said. “One of the our major attributes is the culture here that encourages business faculty to work with ecologists and environmental scientists across campus.”

Dr. Iain Clelland, an assistant professor of management who helped develop the UT-Knoxville MBA environmental management program, said about 50 U.S. business schools offer graduate courses or concentrations combining environmental expertise and functional business skills. The institute survey asked about 100 business school faculty to name the nation’s ten best programs, he said.

Top programs also include Harvard University, Northwestern University, and the University of Virginia.

UT-Knoxville’s MBA environmental management concentration was developed by Clelland and Drs. Tom Dean, Jerry Fryxell, Bill Judge, and Alex Miller of the management department.

The program includes courses from the economics department and the colleges of engineering and law, Clelland said.

UT’s Center for Industrial Services and the Energy, Environment Resources Center have helped management faculty conduct research and develop program curriculum, he said.

The World Resources Institute, founded in 1982, is an independent center for policy research and technical assistance on global environmental issues and sustainable development.

Contact: Dr. Iain Clelland (423-974-1672)