The Anderson Center is staffed with both talented academicians and experienced business professionals who work together to provide students with unique learning opportunities!


Executive Director, Lynn Youngs

319 Haslam Business Building
Phone: (865) 974-9333
Email: lyoungs@utk.edu

A College of Business Administration faculty member since 1993, Lynn Youngs’ passions include instructing, coaching, and mentoring students in the field of entrepreneurship. He has held multiple, executive-level positions in early-stage technology and healthcare organizations, as well as in publicly traded manufacturing and retail businesses. He brings a hands-on and practical approach to instruction, drawing on real-world experience from his leadership roles in finance, marketing, sales, and operations. He received his B.S. in accounting and MBA in management from the University of Tennessee.


 Alex Miller, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives

Alex received his undergraduate education at Tennessee Technological University and he holds graduate degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of Washington. He has been the principal investigator on more than 20 research grants, authored or co-authored four books and numerous articles, and won five teaching awards. He has consulted with over 100 organizations ranging from Fortune 500 manufacturing firms to small non-profit service organizations. Dr. Miller is the founder of the Aerospace Executive MBA program, the first accredited MBA program to focus exclusively on the aerospace industry. He also owns and operates the Lick Skillet Cattle Co. in New Market, TN.


T. Russell Crook, Ph.D.

419 Stokely Management Center
Phone: (865) 974-8764
Email: tcrook@utk.edu

Russell Crook holds a Ph.D. in strategic management from Florida State University. His research concentrates on strategy and entrepreneurship topics related to why some firms perform better than others. His research has been published in publications such as the Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, Journal of Managerial Issues, Journal of Operations Management, Organizational Research Methods, and Strategic Management Journal. Dr. Crook is on the editorial board of the Journal of Management. Before receiving his Ph.D., he worked for American Airlines, US Airways, and IBM in a variety of capacities, including operations management, scheduling, strategic planning, and global procurement.

Tom Graves

414 Stokely Management Center
Phone (865) 974-6131
Email: tgrave10@utk.edu

Tom earned his B.S. in business from Virginia Tech and MBA from East Tennessee State University. Prior to retiring to Knoxville, he spent 33 years in various sales and marketing management positions with Caterpillar Inc. Much of his career was spent outside the USA working with Caterpillar dealers and customers in developing areas of the world. He also owned and managed an art and antique business in Hong Kong. His interest in entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial business planning and plan implementation stems from having developed two internal ventures for Caterpillar, working in management positions in two other “startup operations,” as well as consulting with several Caterpillar dealers in developing strategic plans for establishing new rental operations. His years overseas also have given him a keen interest in the challenges faced by managers living and working outside their home base.


Rhonda K. Reger, Ph.D.

419 Stokely Management Center
Phone (865) 974-4845
Email: rreger@utk.edu

Rhonda K. Reger is a professor of strategic management and entrepreneurship. Before joining us in January 2013, she was on faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park.  She received her Ph.D. in strategic management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Her current research interests include cognitive approaches to competitive and reputation dynamics, organizational identity, and non-market strategies.


Pat Richardson

617 Stokely Management Center
Phone (c)865-607-5192
Email: prichar3@utk.edu

Pat Richardson joined the College of Business Administration faculty in 2007. Prior to that, he worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and held executive positions at Motorola. He had multiple leadership roles at Motorola, from starting and building very successful businesses to building and leading applied research organizations. His areas of interest include entrepreneurship and early-stage, technology-based businesses. He earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.


Anne Smith, Ph.D.

416 Stokely Management Center
Phone: (865) 974-1670
Email: asmith51@utk.edu

Anne Smith received her B.S. from McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia, and her MBA and Ph.D. degrees from Kenan-Flagler Business School, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on issues related to top-management teams, strategy-making processes, and outcomes in deregulating or rapidly changing industries. Much of her research has used a qualitative, interpretative approach to understand how managers make sense of their organizational processes. Her research has been published in Organization Science; Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice; Journal of Management Inquiry; European Management Journal; Journal of High Technology Management Research; Journal of Business Research; and other academic journals. She currently serves on the editorial board of Organizational Research Methods.


Glenn Swift

617 Stokely Management Center
Phone (865) 974-2661
Email: gswift@utk.edu

Glenn Swift received his MBA from Georgia State University. During his 35-year industry career prior to joining the College of Business Administration faculty in 2003, he held executive positions at AT&T. His areas of interest include entrepreneurship and innovation. He has been interim director of UT’s full-time MBA program, provided leadership coaching to full-time and executive-level MBA students, and championed the new full-time MBA Entrepreneurship and Innovation secondary concentration.


David Williams, Ph.D.

416 Stokely Management Center
Phone (865) 974-1661
Email: dww@utk.edu

David Williams holds a Ph.D. in entrepreneurship and strategic management from Georgia State University, an MBA in international business from DePaul University, and a B.A. in international studies from Millikin University. His research centers on cognitive processes underpinning entrepreneurial decision making and behaviors that impact a firm’s growth, profitability, and survival. Specifically, his research focuses on entrepreneurs’ recognition and evaluation of entrepreneurial opportunities with a special interest in international opportunities and outcomes. Dr. Williams has taught courses in entrepreneurship, strategic management, and international business at the University of Tennessee, Georgia State University, and Bradley University.  Prior to receiving his Ph.D., he worked as a consultant with an international SBDC to help small-to-medium sized companies expand internationally.

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