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Lane Morris, associate dean for undergraduate programs and student affairs, with Christi Branscom.

Christi Branscom, a City of Knoxville official and noted businesswoman, has been honored with the Accomplished Alumni Award from UT.

Branscom currently serves as president of the UT Chancellor’s Associates and was also the opening speaker at the women’s MBA conference held on campus last week, at which she received her award.

The Accomplished Alumni Award recognizes notable alumni for success and distinction within their field. A variety of alumni have been featured through the program, including CEOs of major corporations, Olympians, authors, artists, musicians, US ambassadors, and civic leaders.

Branscom graduated from UT in 1987 with a degree in finance with honors and now works as the deputy to the mayor and chief operating officer for the City of Knoxville. She has a principal broker’s license and a law degree.

Before becoming deputy to the mayor, Branscom was the senior director of public works. She was featured in the 2012 May/June issue of Tennessee Public Works magazine as the first woman in the Knoxville’s history to hold this position.

Previously, Branscom served for twenty years as legal counsel and managing broker for Partners Development, a comprehensive real estate development firm specializing in facilities planning, financing, and development. In 2007, she became a 50 percent owner of the company.

In 2003, Branscom established Grace Construction Inc., a woman-owned business with a license to perform both residential and commercial construction in the state of Tennessee. The company was selected as the general contractor for the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition television production in Knoxville that aired on November 26, 2012. It has also won several awards, such as the 2012 Builder of the Year award from the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville.


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