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Harry (Hap) McSween, Chair of the Committee
Distinguished Professor, Planetary Sciences

Harry (Hap) McSween is a Distinguished Professor of Science and currently head of the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences. He was formerly interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. His interests are in planetary geology and cosmochemistry, and he is a NASA co-investigator for numerous spacecraft missions exploring Mars and asteroids.

Denise Barlow
UT Knoxville Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration

The Finance & Administration Division has fiduciary and leadership responsibility for the Knoxville campus in three primary areas of accountability: fiscal, physical and auxiliary operations. The departments in the division include Arena Management, Bookstore, Budget & Finance, Bursar’s Office, Dining Services, Facilities Services, Parking, Police, Space & Facilities Management, Sponsored Projects Accounting and Vol Card. As vice chancellor, Denise Barlow, reports to the chancellor. She is a Certified Public Accountant and received an undergraduate degree in accounting and a MBA in management from the University of Tennessee. She has over 29 years of experience in higher education.

Meghan Blackwell
UT Knoxville Student, Vice President Student Government Association

Meghan Blackwell is a senior majoring in finance with a collateral in international business and a minor in political science. She is the current student body vice president as well as the vice president of panhellenic recruitment, and is a member of Order of Omega Honor Society. She will graduate in May 2009 and plans to attend law school.

Palmira Brummett
Professor of History and Distinguished Professor of Humanities

Palmira Brummett is professor of history and Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of Tennessee. Interested in the rhetorics of cross-cultural encounter, she is the author of "Image and Imperialism in the Ottoman Revolutionary Press, 1908-1911" (S.U.N.Y., 2000), "Ottoman Seapower and Levantine Diplomacy in the Age of Discovery" (1994), co-author of "Civilizations Past and Present" (multiple editions), and is currently completing a book on early modern mapping of the Ottoman empire.

John Currie
Senior Associate UT Athletics Director

John Currie is senior associate athletic director for external operations at the University of Tennessee. In addition to assisting in the overall leadership of the department his direct responsibilities include management of the athletics development, marketing and ticketing offices as well as the men’s basketball program. He has played a key leadership role UT's $175 million master plan renovations for Neyland Stadium and personally managed UT’s $37 million arena renovation and Pratt Pavilion basketball practice facility construction projects. He earned his master's in sports management from UT and is a 1993 Wake Forest University graduate.

Joe DiPietro
Vice President, Institute of Agriculture

Joseph A. DiPietro has served as the vice president for agriculture since 2006. He was formerly dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida. His bio can be viewed at

Barbara Dewey
Dean and Professor, Library

Barbara Dewey has been dean of libraries since 2000. Prior to that she held library positions at Iowa, Indiana and Northwestern universities. She recently edited the book, "Achieving Diversity," published by Neal Schuman Press. She is on the board of directors of the Association for Research Libraries. Her bio can be viewed at

Debbie Diddle
Past President, UT Alumni Association

Debbie L. Diddle, C.P.A., is a native Tennessean who graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1972. She is a certified public accountant with her own private practice in Knoxville. She has a long history of volunteer involvement with the University. Most recently, she served as president of the UT National Alumni Associates (UTNAA) last year, and is currently serving as chair of annual giving for the UTNAA. Debbie also serves on the accreditation committee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Rita Geier
UT Knoxville Associate to the Chancellor

Rita S. Geier is senior fellow at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and associate to the chancellor. In 1968, she sued the state of Tennessee to desegregate its higher education system and has come back to help lead diversity and interculturalism efforts at UT. Before coming to UT, Geier was executive counselor to the commissioner and associate commissioner for hearings and appeals at the Social Security Administration in Washington, D.C. She has a law degree from Vanderbilt, a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and her bachelor’s degree from Fisk University.

Dee Haslam
Chair, UT Development Council

Dee Haslam is CEO/executive producer for RIVR Media, a television production company based in Knoxville. Since 1999 she has headed the RIVR Media team in 40 series and 12 documentaries and established the interactive division. RIVR Media Interactive focuses on Web-based applications and broadband entertainment. Haslam serves on the boards of directors for many associations such as East TN Children’s Hospital, YMCA and the UT Development Council. She also has chaired the United Way Campaign and the Knoxville campus segment of UT's Campaign for Tennessee.

Joan Heminway
Associate Professor, Law

Joan MacLeod Heminway is an associate professor in the College of Law and a research fellow in the Corporate Governance Center. She teaches business law courses and a seminar on animals & the law, and her research and writing interests center around securities fraud and corporate governance.

Doug Horne
Trustee, Knoxville

Doug Horne is president of Horne Properties Inc., a real estate development company that has completed over 135 developments in 21 states and owns shopping centers, office buildings, apartment complexes and real estate across the U.S. He also has newspapers, radio stations and an insurance company in the area. Doug attended Knox County schools and is a graduate of UTK. He enjoys spending time with his two children and his two grandchildren. He is a member of the UT Board of Trustees.

Larry Martin
Deputy to the Mayor, City of Knoxville

Larry B. Martin is deputy to the mayor of the City of Knoxville. Prior to joining the city in September 2006, he retired from First Tennessee Bank after a 37-year career. A Jackson, Tenn., native, Martin is a graduate of UTK.

Susan Martin
UT Knoxville Interim Provost and Professor, Classics

Susan Martin is a professor of classics and Interim Provost at the University of Tennessee. She has served as department head and as Associate Dean for Academic Personnel in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her research focuses on Roman law of the classical period (50 B.C. - A.D. 250) with particular emphasis on its relationship to the society and economy of Rome.

Thomas Mason
Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Thomas Mason is the director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Prior to becoming director in July 2007 he was associate laboratory director for Neutron Sciences (and previously the Spallation Neutron Source). He joined Oak Ridge National Lab in 1998 from a faculty position in the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto.

Daniel Murphy
Professor, Accounting

Daniel P. Murphy is the Deloitte & Touche Professor and head of the Department of Accounting and Information Management. His teaching and research interests center on international taxation and tax strategy.

John Rader
UT Knoxville Law School Student

John Rader is a senior at UTK majoring in College Scholars with a focus in international relations and the EU's struggle to have a codified constitution. He is the current student body president and a 2007 Rhodes finalist. He has served on numerous boards and committees while at UT, including the UT Alumni Association Board of Governors.

Gary Sayler
Distinguished Professor, Microbiology

Gary S. Sayler is the Beaman Distinguished Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Sayler has been with UTK for 32 years and has been actively involved in interdisciplinary environmental research both at UT and ORNL. He is the founding director of the UT Center for Environmental Biotechnology and is currently director of the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Biological Sciences. Sayler specializes in molecular environmental microbiology associated with toxic pollution problems, biodegradation, and biological and bioelectronic sensor technology. He has published more than 300 peer reviewed articles, holds 14 patents and is very active in national and international Environmental Science and Technology.

Terrell Strayhorn
Associate Professor, Education

Terrell Lamont Strayhorn is associate professor of higher education and special assistant to the provost at UTK, where he also serves as adjunct assistant professor of sociology. His research interests center on issues of equity, diversity and student success in higher education with a particular accent on the experiences of racial/ethnic and economic minorities throughout the educational pipeline. He is principal investigator of several major research projects, member of five editorial boards, author of more than 50 refereed articles, books, chapters, reports, and other scholarly works, and has presented more than 100 papers at international, national and state conferences. His bio can be viewed at

August Washington
Chief, UT Police

August Washington has more than 28 years of law enforcement experience. As UT police chief, he manages a campus law enforcement agency of more than 100 law enforcement and security personnel for UTK. He has also served as the assistant director of safety and security for the University of Southern California and director of traffic and parking and chief of police for Florida Atlantic University. He holds a master's degree in criminal justice from Grambling State University and a bachelor's degree in behavioral science from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He also has taught college-level criminal justice courses and has extensive training on campus crime prevention, emergency preparedness and community policing.

Jan Williams
Dean and Professor, Business

Jan R. Williams is the Pilot Chair of Excellence and Dean, College of Business Administration. He has been on the faculty since 1977 and formerly served as head of the Department of Accounting and Information Management. His teaching and research interests are in the area of corporate financial reporting, and he is co-author of three textbooks in this area. He teaches regularly in the full-time MBA program.


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