Nearly 300 University of Tennessee alumni, spouses, families, and special guests convened at the Knoxville Convention Center October 2 for the Alumni Board Awards Dinner.
Nineteen remarkable Volunteers from a broad spectrum of ages and professions were recognized for their achievements and contributions to UT, the nation, and the world. Among those honored were two members of the Office of Research and Engagement’s External Advisory Council: Kim Bush and Howard Chambers.
Bush, director of Life Science Partnerships and a member of the Global Health Leadership Team for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, won the Distinguished Alumnus award reserved for alumni who have “attained extraordinary distinction and success in his or her field of endeavor, whose achievements have brought credit to UT and benefit to his or her fellow citizens.”
In accepting his award, Bush spoke about UT being a big part of his family, as both of his brothers are UT graduates. He also noted that after years of living abroad, coming back to UT felt like coming home.
Chambers, former vice president and general manager of space and intelligence systems for Boeing’s Integrated Defense Systems, won the Alumni Service award which recognizes exceptional service or long term continuing service or leadership to UT.
In addition to serving on the EAC, Chambers has served on the College of Engineering Dean’s Board of Advisors, has been a key adviser to the Haslam College of Business, a long time financial supporter and willing supporter of students, faculty, and administration in the quest to make UT reach ever greater heights.
“We are extremely fortunate to have such accomplished members on our External Advisory Council,” said Taylor Eighmy, vice chancellor for research and engagement. “Not only does ORE benefit from the wisdom gained during their impressive careers, but the university and surrounding community prosper due to their continued dedication as alumni.”
Find more information and a full listing of all Alumni Award winners:
- Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna
- Alumni Professional Achievement
- Alumni Service
- Alumni Promise
- 2015 Alumni Awards Dinner Program