Mackey takes top HR honor

September 22, 2014

Debbie Mackey SHRMDebbie Mackey, a senior lecturer of management in the University of Tennessee’s College of Business Administration, recently received the James House Williamson award as the top human resource professional in the state.

Mackey was presented with the award at the Tennessee Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference & Expo, which was held in Sevierville, Tenn., Sept. 17-19.

The award is presented to encourage the development of sound human resources management and to publicly recognize the work of those who have made significant contributions to that effort.

Under Mackey’s guidance, UT’s student chapter of the SHRM has been recognized for three consecutive years as the most outstanding chapter out of an estimated 600 chapters worldwide. The distinction is based on the chapter’s professional development of student members, student internships, community volunteer work and contribution to the human resources management profession. In May, Mackey was selected as the 2014 SHRM National Faculty Advisor of the Year.

Also at the Tennessee SHRM Conference, two members of the UT chapter were awarded scholarships. Shea Lowe received the Joseph Paul Goddard Undergraduate Scholarship, and Christiana Goode was named the recipient of the James House Williamson Graduate Scholarship.