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Recognitions, July 11

Emeritus Dean and Professor Recognized with Highest Accounting Educator Honor

The American Accounting Association (AAA) has announced Jan R. Williams as its 2018 Outstanding Accounting Educator. The award recognizes Williams’ full portfolio of achievements in teaching, research and professional involvement.

“This is the highest outstanding faculty award the AAA gives out,” says Bruce Behn, former AAA president and associate dean for graduate and executive education at the Haslam College of Business. “The list of previous winners is the who’s who of accounting faculty. It is an amazing honor for Jan to be part of this group.”

Williams spent 36 years at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, serving 13 years as dean of the college. In addition, he held the positions of associate dean and head of the accounting and information management department, as well as teaching at every degree level.

“Once I arrived at UT in 1977, I never gave serious thought to moving elsewhere,” Williams says. “The flexibility within the organization that allowed me to do different things over the years was a major factor in my being at UT so long. I feel like I had several ‘mini careers’ during my time there.”

Volunteers Serve Communities Across Nation for ‘One Family’ Event

The UT Knoxville family—current and prospective students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends—came together on Saturday to serve their communities as part of “One Day. One Family. All Vols.”

The event is this year’s iteration of Volunteering with the Vols, which has drawn Volunteers into community service efforts around the country over the past two years.

In Knoxville, 11 volunteers came to together to clean the kitchen and food service area at the Love Kitchen. The group prepared food for the next week’s meal deliveries. Four participants drove in from Illinois to volunteer.

The Love Kitchen provides meals, clothing and emergency food packages to homebound, homeless and unemployed persons. The organization works with local agencies to provide meals, secure used clothing, and donate services to Knoxville’s needy.

McRae Retires and Leaves a Legacy of Leadership, Passion

After giving more than a half-century to the education of students and the practice of architecture, an icon has retired. John McRae, a professor in the best sense, a fellow in the profession, a visionary architect, a compassionate artist and a fine man, retired from full-time teaching on June 30.

Retired Business Analytics Professor Receives Emeritus Status

Mary Leitnaker, a professor in the Haslam College of Business’ business analytics department, received emeritus status upon her retirement this summer. The status recognizes her longstanding commitment to the college and the fields of analytics and statistics.

“Mary has been a fixture in multiple programs at the college for more than three decades,” says Charles Noble, associate dean for faculty and research. “This emeritus status recognizes her dedication to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her service in shaping analytics education at Haslam.”

Leitnaker joined UT in 1984 and was one of the first female faculty members at Haslam to reach full professorship. Soon after, she developed one of its first executive education offerings — a statistical process improvement course that was a precursor to Black Belt certification.