University of Tennessee

Knoxville’s Habitat for Humanity honors Haslam professor

December 14, 2014

Michael Ehrhardt, the Paul and Beverly Castagna Professor of Investments in the Warren C. Neel Corporate Governance Center, was honored by Knoxville’s Habitat for Humanity on Dec. 5 with a Sis Award. Ehrhardt and his wife, Sallie, received the award for their leadership of the Tennessee Organization of MBAs house-building project over the last 12 years.

In 2003, a Haslam student suggested that the Tennessee Organization of MBAs (TOMBA) sponsor a home as part of its philanthropic mission, and Ehrhardt has organized the building effort ever since. TOMBA completed its 12th house the week before Thanksgiving.

“With enormous dedication and hard work, TOMBA has successfully raised all the necessary funding and recruited all the needed volunteers to build all 12 homes,” said Ehrhardt. Volunteers have included faculty, staff, students, athletic teams, fraternities, sororities and other student organizations across the Knoxville campus.

Ehrhardt’s dedication to the cause goes beyond his leadership, however. Knoxville’s HFH recognized both Mike and Sallie Ehrhardt for their support and connection with the families long after the building project has been completed, citing times when they donated books and toys and worked on landscaping projects.

Sis Awards are named for Knoxville Habitat for Humanity founder, Ellen Roddy “Sis” Mitchell and were conferred at the Knoxville HFH’s annual Holiday Breakfast.

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