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KNOXVILLE — Dixon Hughes PLLC, the largest CPA firm in the Southeast, has furthered its commitment to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a $350,000 gift to the College of Business Administration.

Their gift is part of the Campaign for Tennessee, a $1 billion fundraising effort at UT.

In honor of this gift, the College of Business Administration will recognize the Asheville, N.C.-headquartered firm by creating the Dixon Hughes Master of Accountancy Classroom in the college’s new state-of-the-art classroom building. The $350,000 will be used to enhance technology in the new building and contribute to the Dixon Hughes Excellence in Accounting Endowment.

“This gift underscores our commitment to keep UT’s accounting program competitive and internationally recognized,” said Larry H. Evans, managing member of Dixon Hughes Atlanta Region, lead member of Dixon Hughes Recruiting and Training and 1971 graduate of UT’s full-time MBA program.

“It supports the endowment we established six years ago to enrich the accounting program, but also recognizes the value that state-of-the-art technology can add to the educational experience.”

Jan Williams, dean of the college, said, “Dixon Hughes is an extremely valued partner of the College of Business Administration. Their gift to us is truly priceless, allowing us to provide our students with an unparalleled, technologically advanced education.”

Dixon Hughes has strong ties to UT’s College of Business Administration.

“We have a lot of ‘orange blood’ in our organization,” said David M. Evans, managing member of Dixon Hughes Atlanta Tax and 1995 graduate of UT’s Master of Accountancy program. “The college has provided wonderful opportunities for many members of our firm, and we want these same opportunities to continue for years into the future.”

Dixon Hughes continues to recruit top talent from UT’s accounting program.

The Campaign for Tennessee — the most ambitious effort in the university’s 214-year history — places UT among the ranks of the nation’s largest public and private institutions that have sought this level of private support.

The campaign, which launched its silent phase in 2005, will secure private gifts that, in turn, will contribute substantially to the distinct, but linked, campuses comprised by the University of Tennessee system. Funds raised through the campaign will directly support the objectives of UT’s strategic plan, as outlined by UT President John Petersen. Among those objectives are improved student access and success, research and economic development, outreach and globalization.


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