Transformational Ties

A Landmark Gift

A landmark 2014 gift to the business school from three generations of the Haslam family fueled a transformation in undergraduate education, research, and experiences at the college that continues today. The $50 million gift not only created the Haslam College of Business, it helped to position it as a top-tier business school.

International Interrupted

Studying Abroad with Covid

On a train between the airport and the city, Emma Kreiss began to feel sick. “At first I was just really tired,” she says. “I remember leaning against a pole on the train and almost falling asleep.”

In This Issue

Thought Leadership

New Faculty

Haslam proudly welcomed these 14 new faculty members in September 2020. For a more in-depth look at each faculty member's unique skill set and interests, follow the link below.


Making Research Connections

The Haslam family’s naming gift in 2014 provided an expanded resource base to better support research active faculty in the college. The 2020 investment from Natalie and Jim Haslam, Dee and Jimmy Haslam, and Crissy and Bill Haslam will build on that foundation, supporting a greater breadth and depth of faculty contributions to scholarly and applied research, both of which influence the world of business practice over time.

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Sources of Funds

Sources of Funds Charts

During a year of unprecedented change and hardship, the impacts of COVID-19 required innovative thought and action. We stayed the course and continued to provide the studentfocused academic support our students expect through the online platform of Zoom, as well as many small face-to-face interactions. This was year three of the “25 in 5” faculty hiring plan. We successfully onboarded many new faculty in August. The Graduate and Executive Education team persisted through all the challenges related to COVID-19 and continued to make positive impacts on our community by offering many of the traditional face-to-face courses in an online classroom. The revenues continue to grow and be reinvested into the infrastructure and support of our student experience. Private philanthropy remains an important funding source allowing the college to implement new programming, expand current offerings and support our students in their time here at the Haslam College of Business. Increasing private philanthropy, launching successful new programs that attract additional students and controlling our costs are always important, and particularly so as we strive to slow the increase in tuition levels given the economic realities facing our students and their families.