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Recognitions, March 6

Alumna Establishes Endowed Professorship in Architecture and Design

Robin Klehr Avia

Robin Klehr Avia, regional managing principal for Gensler and a 1976 graduate in interior design, has established a new endowed professorship in the College of Architecture and Design at UT.

The Robin Klehr Avia Professorship recognizes and awards excellence. This generous gift will be awarded to a current faculty member in any school in the college or used to recruit an exemplary faculty member, strengthening the college’s faculty recruitment and retention program.

“Robin’s passion is ensuring a legacy of success for the future of the college,” said Scott Poole, dean of the College of Architecture and Design. “Through her generous and long-term financial support and leadership, Robin has made a profound impact on our ability to attract the best students and recruit and retain exceptional faculty.”

Haslam Executive MBA Ranks 12th Among Public Universities

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business Executive MBA program is the 12th best among public universities according to a new Poets & Quants for Executives ranking that combines results from The Economist, Financial Times and U.S. News & World Report. The program ranks 28th among all U.S. universities nationally.

“The Haslam Executive MBA consistently receives high praise from its students and alumni – it was named the No. 1 most relevant program worldwide in The Economist last year – and so we’re excited but not surprised by this strong showing in Poets & Quants,” says Bruce Behn, associate dean for graduate and executive education at Haslam.

Morgan Joins UT’s Office of Equity and Diversity

Katrice J. Morgan

Katrice J. Morgan has joined the Office of Equity and Diversity as the associate director of equity and diversity.  She has been the assistant dean for student affairs and director of diversity and inclusion in the College of Law since 2007.

Morgan’s experience with the university began in 1999 when she took a position with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Services.  From there, she went to the Knox County District Attorney’s office where she worked for six years as a prosecutor.

“Katrice’s knowledge and experience with so many campus constituencies make her an exceptional addition to the Office of Equity and Diversity.  With a portfolio that will involve the campus search process, diversity efforts and compliance, and issue resolution, Katrice will be a key contact and resource for Knoxville area units,” said Associate Vice Chancellor Jenny Richter.  “It’s not often that you find a candidate who can step seamlessly into the issues of the moment.”

February Sustainability Champion: Katie Carpenter

Katie Carpenter was voted by the Committee on the Campus Environment as the February Sustainability Champion. This monthly award recognizes a UT faculty, staff or student who exemplifies what it means to “Make Orange Green”.

Katie is a sophomore majoring in Finance, with minors in Spanish, Environmental Studies, and Collateral in International Business. She is a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, where she serves as the environmental chair. Her passion about making her sorority and those around her are apparent in everything she does.