Terry L. Neal, Richard L. Townsend Distinguished Professor, has been named head of the Department of Accounting and Information Management at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business.
“Terry has been serving very ably as interim department head for several months, with excellent support from Anita Hollander, the assistant department head, and the support of AIM faculty and staff,” said Stephen L. Mangum, dean and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair.
Neal, who has been a member of the faculty in the department for the past 15 years, also is an alumnus of the department’s Ph.D. program. He served as Ph.D. director for 12 years, has taught courses at all levels of instruction and produces research for leading publications.
According to Neal, the department has made meaningful curriculum improvements in recent years.
“We now include a significant focus on information management and technology skills needed in the accounting profession,” Neal said. “As a result, our students are exposed to important content that their peers at other schools do not see. I look forward to working with the faculty to continue to improve a curriculum that is already providing our students with an educational experience that is not just better but different.”
Neal received his bachelor’s in accounting from Tennessee Technological University in 1988 and his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in 1998. He was on the accounting faculty of the University of Kentucky from 1998 to 2003 and also worked in the Nashville and Knoxville offices of KPMG, as well as the internal auditing department of Lockheed Martin.
Neal succeeds Joe Carcello, emeritus professor, who served as department head from the fall of 2014 through spring 2017, and recently retired from the university.