Haslam College of Business to honor veterans, active service members

November 7, 2016

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business will recognize its veterans on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the college’s atrium.

Sponsored by Haslam’s Office of Diversity and Community Relations, the event takes place on the birthday of the United States Marine Corps and features Kenneth Dunn as its keynote speaker.

Dunn talk, entitled, "Service to Nation, Community and Family" will highlight topics including Tennessee’s history of voluntary military service.

An educator and a Marine who served for 30 years, Dunn retired with the rank of colonel. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, master’s degrees from Pepperdine University and the National Defense University, and a doctor of education from Nova Southeastern University.

In retirement, Dunn has remained active as a federal government civilian employee at the Marine Corps headquarters. He directs the Marine Corps Leadership Seminar, an outreach effort to showcase Marine Corps leadership to colleges and universities in the U.S.

Stephen L. Mangum, dean of the Haslam College of Business and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair, praised veterans’ contributions to the college through their leadership, commitment and maturity.

“The women and men of our military often serve at great personal and family sacrifice,” Mangum said. “The level of responsibility placed on their shoulders is profound and unparalleled. The Haslam College of Business welcomes actively working with these fine individuals to add to and hone their skills, and to assist them in finding appropriate advancement opportunities in their next employment and beyond.”

A recognition of veterans and active military members delivered by Dan Flint, professor of marketing and supply chain and a former Navy officer, will follow the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence.

Refreshments will be served at the event, which is open to veterans, active service members and the larger UT community in Knoxville.

Veteran’s Day is the day after the event, and Dunn will teach a Marine Corps Leadership Seminar at the Haslam College of Business that morning. Students, faculty, staff and community members of the college may register by visiting http://bit.ly/UTKMCLS.