UTC Duo recognized by the UT System President’s Awards

On Friday, two members of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga family, senior custodian Carla Mason and management professor Frank Butler, received the President’s Awards, the highest honor an employee can receive from the UT system.

UT System President Randy Boyd recognized Ms. Mason, Mr. Butler and five other honorees from across the UT system at the annual board meeting in Knoxville.

The President’s Awards were established in 2016 to annually recognize outstanding achievement by employees of the UT system statewide. Recipients are selected from a system-wide pool of nominees nominated by campus and institute leaders.

Ms. Mason won the President’s Award in the category of “Excelling in Everything We Do”, which honors an individual who is committed to continuous improvement and outstanding performance by setting high standards, continuing to learn and growth, and recognizing and celebrating quality.

Ms. Mason was nominated for the award by UTC Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Tyler Forrest.


“Carla is an exceptional member of the team,” said Vice-Chancellor Forrest. “Her contributions to the University go far beyond the outstanding job she does as the senior caretaker. She brings a positive attitude and a great outlook to work every day. She’s always ready for a good laugh, a serious conversation, or whatever someone wants to discuss. It’s really a pleasure to know Carla.


Mr. Butler, a Frank W. McDonald and UC Foundation Professor of Management at the Gary W. Rollins College of Business, was shortlisted for a President’s Award in the “Bold and Impactful” category. The award honors an individual who serves the state by taking on big challenges, thinking big, making a difference, and serving with purpose.


Mr. Butler is also the faculty director of the university’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Program.


In nominating Mr Butler, Katherine Karl, Head of the Department of Management, praised him for also being “very outgoing, friendly and easy to talk to”.


“What really sets Frank apart is that he excels at everything,” Ms. Karl said. “Not only does he go above and beyond in terms of service, but he is also an excellent teacher and a respected scholar.”

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