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University Advancement

East Tennessee State University

The Allen and Ruth Harris

About The Harris Chair

In 1988 the late Allen and Ruth Harris of Johnson City donated a naming-level gift to the university, establishing the third endowed Chair of Excellence at ETSU. The Allen and Ruth Harris Chair of Excellence in Business:

  • Enhances the academic, research, and service programs of ETSU's College of Business, with an emphasis on management skills and practices within the Master of Business Administration program,

  • Accelerated development of the MBA program serves as a means of upgrading the management skills of area personnel,

  • Develops stronger working relationships between the college and the regional business community.

    The chair offers assistance in key areas of business:

    Business strategy and planning
    Information systems
    Communications and marketing

As chairholder, Dr. Allen J.Spritzer serves as a university representative and consultant to businesses and individuals throughout Tennessee and the Southeast. From 1981-99 Spritzer served as Dean of the College of Business.

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