MBA program to host guest speaker

Tech’s MBA studies will be holding a round table discussion with a prestigious guest speaker to share his business experience with graduate students. The discussion is set to take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday in Johnson Hall Room 218. The featured speaker is local businessman and long time Tech supporter Millard Oakley.

“It’s good that we have people that will take the time to share their experiences with the students,” said Bob Wood, associate dean of the College of Business and head the MBA program.

Tuesday will provide the opportunity for students to learn and ask questions from a distinguished leader in the world of business.

Oakley has spent time serving on the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Small Business and has experience as a director of First National Bank of Tennessee. He held a position on the Tennessee General Assembly and owns of a local radio station.

In addition to being known for his career achievements, Oakley is known for his generous donations to Tech.

He assisted in raising funds for the School of Nursing, donated $2 million dollars for the new science, technology, engineering and mathematics center on campus, and recently leased 1,800 acres of farmland to the School of Agriculture for an annual fee of $10.

Wood said on average there are 10-12 discussions like this one annually. This will be the third year Oakley has been a guest speaker.