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UT’s MBA Program Executive Director – Amy Cathey

Amy CatheyAlthough Amy Cathey is the Executive Director of the University of Tennessee’s full-time MBA program, she credits a lot more people than herself when asked about the success of the program.

“We have such a committed group of students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as the ability of the program to deliver students with the skills that are needed to help businesses grow and succeed in this economy,” Cathey said. “We have a great faculty and have really worked hard to identify areas where businesses need talent, and we want to develop students who are well-equipped to succeed in these fields.”

The MBA program recently has been top-ranked by U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, and Forbes, as well as by Poets & Quants, a composite of five major ranking systems. Cathey, who earned three degrees herself from UT, has been director of the full-time MBA program since 2008.

“Before I decided to come back to school for my Ph.D., I lived in Memphis and had a great job in market research,” Cathey said. “I loved the people and the company, but realized that I wanted more – I wanted to make more of a difference in people’s lives. I love teaching and getting to know the students and helping them reach the truly amazing goals they set for themselves.”

Cathey’s days are spent troubleshooting any issues, promoting the need for scholarships and strong career partners, and making sure students have a good experience. “We recently have instituted some outstanding fellowship opportunities for our students,” Cathey said. “The more of these opportunities we can develop, the more competitive we can be as a program in attracting the best talent.”

Cathey wants UT’s MBA students to graduate with new ideas, lots of new people in their network, and new skills that have prepared them to succeed.

Though her job comes with its share of challenges, such as making sure students become trained and well-prepared for their careers and making the program accessible for the brightest students out there, Cathey says the rewards make the hard work worth it. She juggles her job along with service to the community and spending time with her husband and three daughters.

“[I love] seeing the excitement that students have when they learn something new or meet someone that allows them to expand their professional network; the level of professionalism that so many of our students and faculty bring to the learning experience; and seeing everyone involved with the program coming together and working so hard to help these talented young men and women move forward in their careers,” Cathey said. “Our students and faculty are constantly pushing to take the program farther and higher, to expand our outreach and our connections within the community and across the world.”

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