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Dr. Tommy Cates to serve as Tom E. Hendrix Chair of Excellence in Free Enterprise

05-25-2016


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MARTIN, Tenn. – Dr. Tommy Cates, of Martin, has been selected to serve as the Tom E. Hendrix Chair of Excellence in Free Enterprise at the University of Tennessee at Martin, effective Aug. 1.

Cates has been with the university since 1983 and filled various roles, including professor of management; chair of what is now the Department of Management, Marketing and Information Systems; director of UT Online and executive director of the Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies.

The Hendrix Chair of Excellence develops programs and curricula for public schools to promote and encourage free enterprise practices. The position also works to expand entrepreneurial opportunities in the region.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Cates taking the duties of the Hendrix Chair. His wealth of contacts in West Tennessee, and the entire state, along with his history of creating economically viable education opportunities, means he will be able to hit the ground running and be knowledgeable of obstacles entrepreneurs face. That combination made him, easily, the best candidate for the position,” said Dr. Ross Dickens, chair, Department of Management, Marketing and Information Systems, and dean, College of Business and Global Affairs.

Cates earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management from UT Martin, and a Master of Business Administration and a doctoral degree in management from Memphis State University.

The Hendrix Chair of Excellence is one of three such positions at UT Martin. The Horace and Sara Dunagan Chair of Excellence in Banking is also housed in the College of Business and Global Affairs, and the Gil Parker Chair of Excellence is found within the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.

For more information, contact Cates at 731-881-7331 or by email at tcates@utm.edu.

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