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Senator Bob Corker ('74)

In 2012, Tennesseans overwhelmingly elected Bob Corker to his second term in the US Senate, where he has become a standout performer among his peers, often recognized for his bipartisan approach to governing. During the 113th Congress, his colleagues elected him chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Corker was Tennessee’s commissioner of finance and the mayor of Chattanooga before being elected to the Senate in 2006, but he has spent most of his life in business

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in industrial management from the Haslam College of Business in 1974. He credits Professor Oscar Fowler’s critical path method of project management for much of his success in starting and growing his own construction company, which eventually expanded operations to eighteen states across the country.

But it was a mission trip to Haiti that sparked his involvement in public service. Upon his return, he began to take a closer look at needs in his own community. That led to the creation of the Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, a nonprofit organization that today has helped more than 10,000 families secure decent, fit, and affordable housing.

Corker has served the University of Tennessee on many occasions, including several visits to the Haslam College of Business to speak with students, faculty, staff, and local business leaders.

Corker and his wife, Elizabeth, have two daughters, Emily and Julia, and a son-in-law, Justin Spickard.

Senator Bob Corker
2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award Winner