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UT’s student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management has been named the most outstanding chapter worldwide, according to its parent organization.

This is the third consecutive year the chapter has been recognized with the honor. The chapter is based in the UT College of Business Administration.

The Society for Human Resource Management recognized only twenty-one chapters out of 600 member schools around the world. The honor is based on the chapter’s professional development of student members, student internships, community volunteer work, and contribution to the human resources management profession.

From left: Josh Scull, Kathryn Bradley, Debbie Mackey, Courtney Bradley, Paresh Patel, and Sam Smith.
From left: Josh Scull, Kathryn Bradley, Debbie Mackey, Courtney Bradley, Paresh Patel, and Sam Smith.

In addition to earning the accolade, the student chapter will be recognized at the national SHRM conference in front of 15,000 human resource professionals, and the students will host a session at the state SHRM conference on winning for the third time.

“This is truly an honor to receive the award for the third consecutive year, and it gives recognition and credibility to our students and chapter in the community and region,” said Debbie Mackey, senior lecturer of management and faculty advisor of the student chapter. “SHRM provides resources for the students that give them a competitive edge and make them a success in the business world.”


The honor is the latest for the UT student organization. Mackey recently was selected as the 2014 SHRM National Faculty Advisor of the Year.


“We are honored by this prestigious international recognition,” said Lane Morris, associate dean of undergraduate programs and student affairs for the business college. “This honor affirms the academic preparation and professional development quality that our students receive. Congratulations to faculty advisor Debbie Mackey and to all the students, faculty, and staff who are associated with our programs.”


The UT chapter consists of about sixty undergraduate and graduate students majoring in human resource management.


Cindy Raines (865-974-4359,