New Members Named to Owen’s Board of Visitors

From the Fall 2008 edition of Vanderbilt Business

The Owen School has announced that six prominent business leaders from an array of industries have been named to its prestigious Board of Visitors, an advisory group established in 2006 to strengthen the school’s connection with and relevance to the national and international business communities.

The new members—representing the health care, financial services, consulting, executive recruiting, technology and beverage industries—are George S. Barrett, Vice Chairman of Cardinal Health and CEO of its Healthcare Supply Chain Services sector; Carin M. Barth, MBA ’86, President of LB Capital, Inc. and Commissioner of the Texas Department of Public Safety; Bruce L. Crockett, Chairman of Funds Board, AIM Mutual Funds and Chairman of Crockett Technology Associates (CTA); Robert H. McNabb, Executive Vice President, Korn/Ferry International and CEO of Futurestep; Mark A. Tillinger, BA ’81, MBA ’82, Partner at Accenture; and J. Smoke Wallin, MBA ’93, CEO of Taliera Holdings and Founder, Chairman and CEO of eSkye Solutions. Three of these new members—Carin Marcy Barth, Mark Tillinger and Smoke Wallin—are also graduates of the Owen School.

“These accomplished individuals, who join our existing 27 members of the Board of Visitors, bring extraordinary wisdom and experience to our school and its students, faculty and programs,” says Jim Bradford, Dean of the Owen School. “They will play an important role as we continue to shape the next generation of business leaders.”

Representing diverse industries, geographic locations and management expertise, the Owen Board of Visitors was established by Dean Bradford to function as a strategic partner to the school, providing insights on curricular issues in relation to the needs of business, participating as guest speakers, and opening new doors and career opportunities for students. The board is guided by David Ingram, Chairman and CEO of Ingram Entertainment, with each member serving a three-year term.

The Owen School has several other advisory bodies to support its world-class educational programs, including the Owen Alumni Board and Alumni Council; a Health Care Advisory Board comprised of leading health care industry executives; and the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) Advisory Board.

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