University of Tennessee

Behn to lead UT Business College’s Master’s, Executive Education Programs

December 19, 2013

KNOXVILLE—Effective January 1, 2014, new leadership will come to College of Business Administration’s masters and executive education programs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Bruce Behn, the Deloitte LLP Professor, will become associate dean for graduate programs and executive education. He succeeds Matt Myers, who is leaving for a dean position at Miami University in Ohio.

Behn will oversee all non-degree executive education programs, executive-level Master of Business Administration degree programs and non-executive graduate-level programs. They include the full-time MBA and the specialized master’s degree in accounting, business analytics and human resource management.

In accepting the position of associate dean for graduate programs and executive education, Behn is stepping down as head of the college’s Department of Accounting and Information Management. Joe Carcello, EY & Business Alumni Professor and director of the college’s Corporate Governance Center, will serve as interim department head.

Behn has taught in the college’s master’s-level degree and non-degree programs for 20 years. He is highly acclaimed in the accounting profession. He recently received the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Special Recognition Award and the American Accounting Association (AAA) Outstanding Service Award for his involvement in the Pathways Commission, an AICPA/AAA partnership that studied and recommended improvements in accounting education.

He has received numerous teaching honors, including the AAA’s Innovation in Accounting Education award, UT’s Alumni Outstanding Teaching award and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants Outstanding Educator of the Year. His research is widely published, and he has served as a co-editor or associate editor for prestigious accounting journals.

As part of Behn’s leadership team, Kate Atchley, distinguished lecturer, will become executive director of all executive-level MBA programs.

Atchley has been director of the college’s Executive MBA for Strategic Leadership program since 2008. Since joining UT in 2000, she also has been assistant department head of the Department of Management, director of the college’s Leadership Development Program and managing partner of the Tennessee Assessment Center, a venture specializing in the selection and development of managers and executives.

She has consulted for various companies nationally and in Thailand, including Shinawatra Company Inc., Ruby Tuesday Inc., Tennessee Valley Authority, Boeing, Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, and BellSouth’s L.M. Berry and Co.

Her areas of interest are employee selection, executive development, performance appraisal and individual differences in the workplace.


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