Accomplished Alumni

The Accomplished Alumni program is designed to attract alumni of note to campus to share their success stories. Alumni who are honored through this program spend time on campus teaching students, sharing dialogue with faculty, and engaging with other alumni and friends of the university. A variety of outstanding alumni have been featured in this program, including CEOs of major corporations, Olympians, authors, artists, musicians, US ambassadors, and civic leaders.

2016 Honorees

Wilma Jordan (’70)
Founder and CEO of JEGI
Karen Maier ('74)
Vice President of Marketing & Director of Frisch's Restaurant Inc.
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2015 Honorees

Scott Abbott ('78)
Co-Inventor of Trivial Pursuit
Jim Gray ('82)
Radiation Oncologist
Tim Love ('94)
Chef and Restaurant Owner
Travis Parman ('94)
Director of Corporate Communications, Nissan Americas
Mitch Patel  ('91, '93)
Founder, President & CEO, Vision Hospitality Group, Inc.
Barry Wilmore ('94)
NASA Astronaut
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2014 Honorees

Molly Adams ('84)
Executive Vice President of Global Product Development for Disney Consumer Products (DCP)
Christi Branscom ('87)
Deputy to the Mayor and Chief Operating Officer for the City of Knoxville
Chad Foster ('00)
Senior Pricing Strategist, SRA International
Jack Helmboldt ('75)
President, DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee
Gary Pratt ('77)
CEO and Vice Chairman of the Surgical Review Corporation
Ron Rice ('64)
Founder, Hawaiian Tropic
Sharrie Williams ('01)
News Anchor and Reporter, WPVI-TV in Philadelphia
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2013 Honorees

Wendell Potter ('73)
President, Wendell Potter Consulting; Journalist, Huffington Post, Newsweek, The Nation
Bill Galvin ('86)
CNN International Vice President
Valisia LeKae ('01)
Broadway actress
Rick Federico ('76)
Chairman and CEO of P.F. Chang's Bistro, Inc.
Paul Finebaum ('78)
Sports journalist, ESPN
Ken Huntsman ('77)
Co-founder of Quantum Computer Services, which became America Online (AOL)
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2012 Honorees

  • AB Culvahouse
  • Woody Paige
  • Chamique Holdsclaw
  • Leanne Morgan
  • Dr. Sean B. Seymore

2011 Honorees

  • Delores Ziegler
  • Ambassador Margaret Scobey
  • Bill FitzGibbons
  • Creighton Michael
  • Shirley Broadbery
  • Chris Whittle
  • Judge Nannette Baker
  • Steve Metcalf
  • Jacquie Lawing Ebert
  • Carol & Jim Tevepaugh
  • Brigadier General William Beard
  • Jason Little
  • Allan Houston
  • Mickey Bilbrey
  • Philip Jacobs
  • Mike Keith
  • Marshall Ramsey
  • Donnie Smith
  • Dr. Keith Taylor

2010 Honorees

  • Lelan Statom
  • Ron Frieson
  • Alan Wilson
  • Colonel Hank Hartsfield, Jr.
  • Jerry Johnson
  • Dale Dickey
  • Chris Grabenstein
  • Gene Wojciechowski
  • Alan Gottlieb
  • Randy Hopper
  • Clay M. Jones
  • A. Scott Pearson
  • Victor Ashe
  • John Stevens
  • Lisa Ford
  • Dewayne Scott
  • Michael Strickland
  • Janice McKinley & Laura Barnes
  • Jason Houser
  • Joe Emert
  • Everett Medling
  • Clint Boyd
  • Brent Hubbs
  • Kellie Jolly Harper

2009 Honorees

  • Tonya Hinch
  • David Freeman
  • Chief Judge Curtis Wagner, Jr.
  • Deedee Trotter and Jangy Addy
  • Phillip Moffitt
  • Kerry Madden
  • Dave Ramsey
  • Edward Ayers
  • Charles Davis
  • Bob Gillcrist
  • Beldina Auma
  • Jenneen Kaufman
  • Lowry Kline
  • Marshall Ramsey
  • John Hubbard