For release: September 2, 2010
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901/678-2843
The University of Memphis has created an Alumni Council to support the Executive Master
of Business Administration (EMBA) program, its students and faculty and alumni, as
well as the entire Fogelman College of Business and Economics (FCBE) at the University.
The Council was formed, at the request of FCBE Associate Dean Jasbir Dhaliwal, by
Emily Greer (EMBA ’06), chief of staff of ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,
and Ian Gentis (EMBA ’04) manager of corporate logistics for ServiceMaster.
The members of the Council elected Gentis as chairperson and Jill Reynolds (EMBA ’07)
as vice chairperson of the group. Gentis said the committee’s members are enthusiastic
and off to a strong start. “We have several initiatives in the works that will make
an immediate impact,” he said. “We are working closely with the FCBE faculty and staff,
from whom we have received strong support.”
The Council plans to unveil its initiatives later this semester.
Committees have been established to address specific areas of support to the FCBE
and the EMBA program. They include:
Networking, to assist with alumni job referrals, chaired by Keith Dillihunt (BBA ’90,
EMBA ’07), vice president of MRI of Cordova;
Brand Development, to promote the College to the global community, chaired by Marc
Schrader (EMBA ’09), marketing specialist advisor, channel strategy and orchestration,
for FedEx Services;
Curriculum Development, to ensure the currency and relevancy of EMBA courses, chaired
by Uma Ramamurthy (Ph.D. ’04, EMBA ’09), director of computing, pediatric brain tumor
consortium and department of biostatistics, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital;
Research, to bring real-world business problems into the program for study, chaired
by Julie Grower (BS ’93, EMBA ’05), executive director, Special Kids and Families;
Recruiting, to assist with targeting potential students and Council members, chaired
by Rick Brown (EMBA ’09), IT director, North America, LDCommodities;
Business/Government Relations, to promote the program, to engage the community, and
to support community interaction with the program, chaired by Andrew Bailey (BBA ’00,
EMBA ’05), marketing advisor with FedEx Services; and
Fundraising, for the fiscal support of the program and its participants, chaired by
Lorene King (EMBA ’07), senior director, corporate alliances, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s
The Fogelman College of Business and Economics teaches a rigorous, relevant, and wide-ranging
business curriculum to almost 3,000 students at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral
levels. Of the College’s 99 full-time faculty, 12 occupy Chairs of Excellence and
one is a Distinguished Professor.
With several of America’s great companies having headquarters or other offices in
Memphis, students of the FCBE are able to interact with members of those businesses
for invaluable real-world experience before graduation.