Big Ideas



What's your Big Idea?

Soon after graduating from UT's College of Engineering in 1979, Mark Dean helped develop the IBM PC and still owns three of the original nine patents. It's an exceptional accomplishment by any standard, but Mark's work exemplifies the day-to-day mission of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where faculty, staff, and future alumni collaborate in efforts that radically transform the ways we live our lives.

Each year the Office of Alumni Affairs acknowledges four extraordinary individuals with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor bestowed by the university upon its graduates. The office also grants annual awards for Alumni Accomplishment, Alumni Service, and Alumni Promise, along with several faculty awards.

Meet Our Award Winners

Accomplished Alumni Program

Bill Galvin

Bill Galvin ('86)

CNN International Vice President

AB Culvahouse

AB Culvahouse ('70)

Former White House Counsel

Woody Paige

Woody Paige ('68)

Journalist, ESPN and Denver Post

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