Congressman Blackburn Visits UT Defense Institute and Baker Center

May 26, 2015

United States Rep. Marsha Blackburn with groupUnited States Rep. Marsha Blackburn visited the Haslam College of Business’, Aerospace & Defense Business Institute (ADBI) and the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy during a visit on Wednesday, May 27.

Blackburn, who represents Tennessee’s 7thdistrict, which includes portions of the U.S. Army’s Fort Campbell, met with leaders and faculty members to learn more about the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s work within the aerospace and defense industry. ADBI education programs and research activities have helped strengthen business leadership skills and business practices of professionals across the aerospace and defense industry for more than a decade.

“Today’s challenging fiscal environment and rising threats around the globe require our military to do business as wisely as possible,” Rep. Blackburn said. “I’m excited to learn more about how UT and the Haslam College of Business are helping to make that happen.”

She also visited the Howard Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy. Blackburn learned how the center supports the development of UT’s top students and provides a forum for learning and dialogue on many of society’s most pressing issues including global security.

“It was a pleasure to host Congressman Blackburn today and talk both about the work we’ve done and our capacity to help further,” said Steve Mangum, dean and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair at Haslam. “Our ties with the defense community are a great source of pride for our college that enable us to help make a real difference for our nation in terms of efficiency and better business practices within the different branches of the military.”