University of Tennessee

Dr. Michael J. Stahl PEMBA Faculty Fellowship Established to Honor PEMBA Founder

August 30, 2015

A new faculty fellowship has been named in the Physician Executive MBA program at the Haslam College of Business honoring founding director Mike Stahl.

Alumni, students and staff announced the fellowship to Stahl during the program’s alumni symposium in the spring of 2015. At that time they had contributed $150,000 during the effort’s eight-month quiet phase.

“It just blew my mind that none of them said anything,” Stahl said. “I know all of these alums. We’ve recruited together at conferences.”

Contributors wished to recognize Stahl’s efforts over the last 18 years in establishing and developing the PEMBA program.

“Mike has been there since the beginning,” said Associate Dean for Graduate and Executive Education Bruce Behn. “He helped get PEMBA off the ground, got it through some tough times and then grew PEMBA to make it one of UT’s premier programs. This fellowship just shows how much Mike has meant to our PEMBA alums.”

Stahl was caught off guard by the presentation and by the efforts of staff and alumni. “I can’t recall the last time I’ve been that surprised,” he said. “I was truly humbled and honored. For them to recognize what we’ve accomplished at PEMBA over the years was a true honor.”

Stahl also serves as a recruiter to the program, traveling to various physician and medical conferences with his wife, Barbara, who assists with his efforts.

The Dr. Michael J. Stahl PEMBA Faculty Fellowship will be awarded for the first time in the fall of 2015 to those teaching in the PEMBA program who demonstrate a commitment to leadership and service through teaching and research.

Fundraising for the endowment is ongoing, with a goal of $250,000. Anyone interested in contributing to this , please contact Chip Bryant in the Office of Development & Alumni Affairs at