Pulitzer Nominee, Tyson Foods CEO, Charity Founder Among Accomplished Alumni

The Accomplished Alumni Program brings noteworthy alumni back to campus to discuss their journeys to success with students, faculty, staff, and fellow alumni. Recently honored alumni include the following.

accomplish-ramseyMarshall Ramsey (BS, ’91, Marketing) is a nationally syndicated, Pulitzer-nominated editorial cartoonist, radio host, writer, motivational speaker, and cancer survivor. Marshall visited campus to speak with marketing students, students in Student Orientation and Leadership Development, honors students, Baker Scholars, college scholars, and students and staff of The Daily Beacon.


accomplish-smithDonnie Smith (BS, ’80, Animal Science) was named CEO and president of Tyson Foods Inc. in 2009. At Tyson, he has also served as executive vice president of supply chain management, senior vice president, and group vice president for consumer products, among other roles. While on campus, Smith spoke to three MBA classes and one animal science class.


accomplish-taylorKeith Taylor (PhD, ’98, English) had a strong desire as a child to help others but didn’t exactly know how. After realizing you don’t have to be wealthy to make a difference, he started an “experiment in giving” called Modest Needs. Started ten years ago, the Modest Needs Foundation is dedicated to providing support to the working poor. Small gifts of $10, $25, and up—made by thousands of people— help those in need with one-time grants. While on campus, Taylor spoke to students in the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, as well as a gathering of students at the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy.

One comment on “Pulitzer Nominee, Tyson Foods CEO, Charity Founder Among Accomplished Alumni

  1. Have just returned to Knoxville to assist family elder care. My wife, Beth, and I were foster parents in Marin County California for 25 years. I served as President of Marin Foster Parents Association and Chair of Marin’s Child and Youth Mental Health Committee. Beth (Faye E. Haddock) recently retired from Marin General Hospital, after 42 years as senior scientist in charge of transfusion service. Beth’s first employment was with the University of Tennessee Hospital. My UT faculty advisor was Dr. Carl Murphy, whose preparation was invaluable to our later work with troubled teens. While working with a variety of situations, Beth and I had suicidal teens in our home, while they underwent treatment.
    After graduating in 1964, I was commissioned from UT’s 800th Wing ROTC and became an Air Force pilot. My service resulted in membership in the Order of Daedalians and the Distinguished Flying Cross Association.
    We are looking forward to sharing experiences with any other alumns, who might be interested?
    Cordially,
    Owen S. Haddock
    UT Class 1964