2016: Janet McKinley
For more than thirty years, Janet McKinley has been an avid and active supporter of UT, the Haslam College of Business, the Department of Accounting and Information Management, and UT men’s and women’s athletics. A native of Middle Tennessee, she earned her BS in accounting at UT in 1980 and then joined BellSouth Corporation, where she held positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of accounting, finance, budgets, forecasting, and internal audit. In 1988, McKinley received her master’s in accounting from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
She was the founding president of the BellSouth (now AT&T) Women’s Networking Alliance, which served more than 3,000 women in a nine-state area. McKinley also served as board chair for Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta and on the board for the Moore Advisory Board in Atlanta. She serves on the Foundation Board, on the Board of Governors, on the Department of Accounting and Information Management Advisory Council, on the Department of Accounting and Information Management Roundtable as a member of the 1914 Society, as a member of the Haslam College of Business’s Archways Society, as a past chair of the Development Council, and as a member of the Alliance of Women Philanthropists and the Athletics Development Council.
She is an avid supporter of the Women in Business Scholarship for female student athletes enrolled in the Haslam College of Business and the Auditing Excellence Scholarship in honor of her father, Robert, who received his accounting degree from UT in 1948. A longtime member and former board member of the Executive Women’s Golf Association, she was instrumental in creating UT’s program to encourage female business students to not only learn to play golf but understand its importance in the business world. She has also supported the Institute for Agriculture by establishing the Bob and Barbara McKinley Student Enrichment Endowment.