Jumping for a Reason

Rollins College of Business Dean Robert Dooley jumped out of a perfectly good airplane while it was about two and a half miles above the ground.

On June 16, he was strapped to a member of the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team and then leapt out of a plane flying at about 14,000 feet for his first skydive.

“I’m super-excited about the jump and honored that I was asked,” Dooley said before the jump. “I have no trepidation about the jump; I will be jumping with the best of the best.”

Well…maybe a little trepidation. Afterwards, he said the jump was spectacular and an amazing experience.

The jump was intended to bring attention to the ROTC program at UTC, which has excelled under the leadership of Capt. Kevin Beavers, Dooley says.

UTC Receives Historic Gift

Left to right, UT President Joe DiPietro, UTC Chancellor Steven Angle and UTC Rollins College of Business Dean Robert Dooley

The largest philanthropic gift in UTC’s history has been made to the College of Business by Gary W. Rollins and Kathleen Rollins of Atlanta. The historic $40 million gift marks the first college to be named at UTC: the Gary W. Rollins College of Business.

A 1967 UTC graduate with a Bachelor of Science in business, Rollins is the vice chairman and CEO of Rollins Inc., a New York Stock Exchange corporation with numerous holdings, including Orkin, the world’s largest pest-control company. In supporting his alma mater, he thinks UTC can become recognized as a national leader in business education and applied business research.

Alumna Named Coach

Katie Burrows holding her two young daughters
UTC Women’s Basketball Coach Katie Burrows

The Mocs named Katie Burrows (Chattanooga ’04) as new head coach of the women’s basketball program. She becomes the sixth head coach in the history of Mocs women’s basketball, after spending eight seasons as an assistant. Burrows originally came to UTC in 2000 as a student athlete and integral member of the women’s basketball team as they secured four straight SoCon titles.

Master of Public Health Accredited

UTC’s new Master of Public Health (MPH) received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the last hurdle in the process. “With this notification, we have formally started admitting students to the MPH program for the fall of 2018,” says Mark Stoutenberg, director of the master’s program. The MPH is the only one in Tennessee and one of only a few nationwide with a concentration in chronic-disease treatment and prevention, a rapidly growing issue in global health care.