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The College of Business Administration celebrated the accomplishments and service of three alumni and one corporation during its fourth annual Alumni Awards Gala recently.

More than 250 alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the college attended the event, which included a reception, silent auction, dinner, and awards presentation. All expenses for the event were funded through private support.

Almost $80,000 was raised for the College Fund for Business Administration through the combination of sponsorships and proceeds from the silent auction.

A list of the award recipients:

John Boll, a 2007 Executive MBA graduate, was recognized as the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year. Boll’s company, G. A. Richards, manufactures products for the office furniture and general industrial markets. He is a member of the college’s Advisory Council to the Deans.

Brian Foley, who earned his bachelor’s degree in 1996 and his master’s degree in accounting in 1997, received the 2012 Outstanding Young Alum award, which recognizes accomplished alumni under the age of 40 who have contributed greatly to their chosen profession and their alma mater.

PepsiCo, the largest food and beverage company in North America and second largest in the world, was recognized as the 2012 Outstanding Corporate Partner for its financial contributions to the college and its dedication to fostering support for diversity in the workplace.

Mintha Roach, a 1974 alumna, received the college’s most prestigious recognition—the 2012 Distinguished Alum Award. She was recognized for her professional accomplishments as president and CEO of Knoxville Utilities Board and her service to her alma mater as former chair of Chancellor’s Associates, the UT Alumni Board, and the business school’s Advisory Council to the Deans.

Additionally, Jan R. Williams, dean and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair, was awarded the Chancellor’s Medallion by Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek for his 35-plus years of service to UT and the College of Business Administration.


Meredith Hulette (865-974-7392, mhulette@utfi.org)