Message from the Dean

Dr. Dickens

August 1, 2016 marks the start of my fourth year at UT Martin as the Dean of the College of Business and Global Affairs (CBGA). I guess that makes me a “Senior”. Like a Senior, I have seen many accomplishments – the most important being AACSB’s reaffirmation of the College’s accreditation for its BSBA and MBA degrees through 2019-2020. Another exciting step is the College’s new Murray Investment Room along with a Bloomberg Terminal available for the Fall 2016 term. These tools will help expand our students’ experiential learning via managing the TVA Investment Challenge portfolio of over $500,000.

Join us within CBGA to find a way to make a living at what you love to do. We emphasize “student-focused excellence” via student-faculty interaction and experiential learning opportunities like the TVA Investment Fund along with internships, conference participation, travel study, and more. At UT Martin, your professors will know your name, you will get academic accountability, and you can make a significant start toward your professional life.

The College is proud of its connection to International Programs and has approximately half of all international students on campus majoring within its disciplines. These students provide a level of diversity that is otherwise difficult to find in our region.

Another source of pride is the College’s financial support of experiential learning opportunities. Last year we helped support student experiences at the Super Bowl in San Francisco, golf tournaments in South Carolina, spring training in Florida, student conferences in New York, Chicago, Houston, Orlando, Nashville, and more. Our team at the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature in Nashville was voted best delegation and includes this year’s Governor. We sponsored a similar group to the National Model Congress in Washington, D.C. Additional travel study and study abroad experiences occurred in France, Germany, Great Britain, and Japan. We even had a student present a political science paper at a conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We also had an increased number of students work in internships – many leading to full-time employment offers.

Call (731 881-7306) or send me an email ( to learn more. We want you to be a part of the CBGA and Skyhawk families!

Ross Dickens, Dean

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