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You can return to UTM to complete your degree. Paul Rose came back …


Paul Rose, of Covington, easily fits the definition of a successfulbusinessman. He is president of the Rose family of companies that includes a construction >company and Hydratrek Inc., producer of an innovative all-terrain vehicle. Paul has a strong faith and supportive family behind all he does.


Even with his success, Paul had some unfinished business from an earlier time. He left UT Martin in 1973 before completing his bachelor’s degree to work full time in the family business. Then in 2002, through the encouragement of longtime friend Dr. Tommy Cates, executive director of UT Online, he decided to return to college with a plan to complete his degree online in 18 months.


“And I made the best grades I’ve ever made in my life during this next 18 months.” he said. “I holed up in the house at night doing what I needed to do and just thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and reaching a goal that I’d set 30 something years prior.” He completed a Bachelor of University Studies degree entirely online, graduating in 2004.


“There are things that are a lot more important,” he said of the accomplishment. “I never gave up the thought of getting it (the degree) done, and I am so thankful for UT Martin providing that opportunity and am especially thankful to my friend, Tommy Cates, for challenging me to do it.”


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