University of Tennessee

Haslam’s Smith Global Leadership Scholars Program Celebrates Graduates

May 31, 2020

The 11th cohort of the Greg and Lisa Smith Global Leadership Scholars program in the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business graduated 24 members in an online ceremony in April. Amidst the need for social distancing imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the event took place via Zoom.

In opening remarks, UT Chancellor Donde Plowman noted the extraordinary nature of the circumstances. She praised the graduating students as “leaders with courage that the world needs” both due to their training in the program and because of the grace with which they endured upheaval that no graduating class has experienced in recent memory.

Stephen L. Mangum, dean of the college, added that the class was entering a job market far different than anyone had expected even a few weeks ago. He assured the students that they had learned the necessary skills and training in the program to be nimble, agile, industrious and caring in pursuit of their goals.

Mark Moon, director of the program, praised the group, noting that members of the class distinguished themselves highly in their time at UT, with accomplishments including:

  • Five Chancellor’s Honor program members
  • One CLS Service Medallion recipient
  • Five Haslam BUAD 100 peer mentors
  • One Haslam Scholars program member
  • Two Haslam ambassadors
  • Three Supply Chain Management Scholars of Distinction
  • Two Supply Chain Management Scholar of Distinction peer mentors
  • Four Cum Laude graduates
  • Three Magna Cum Laude graduates
  • Eleven Summa Cum Laude graduates

Caroline Jones and Connor Clarke were presented the Class Leader Award.


Scott McNutt, business writer/publicist,