KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville appoints Ben Martin, chief data analytics officer for HanesBrands, as the president of the advisory board for the Department of Business Analytics & Statistics.
Martin has served as a board member since 2017. Michael Galbreth, head of the department at the university, contends that Martin's history and experience in the industry make him an exact fit.
"With Ben's leadership of the advisory board, we are well-positioned to continue to offer our students a world-class analytical skill set combined with an emphasis on communication and soft skills," adds Galbreth.
HanesBrands notes Martins's proficiencies for the role, including a background leading the development of the analytics team at HanesBrands and early involvement with the Masters of Science in Business Analytics program to the board.
Martin says the field of business analytics is evolving rapidly, so the challenge for the board will be providing the department pertinent and current information from industry.
"The board's role is to establish a connection between the university and industry, so that the MSBA materials, curriculum and subject matter that are part of the education process will be relevant when students join the workforce," Martin notes.
HanesBrands has been a frequent contributor to the school, including the annual Hanes Analytics Case Competition for Haslam students since 2016. The company says the event will expand to accept teams from schools around the country in April 2020. Hanes also holds the distinction as one of the first companies to partner with the department to provide capstone projects for students in the MSBA program, having done so since 2013.
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