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November 19, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Breanna Hale joins UTK’s Anderson Center as Director

She comes to UTK from Utah Valley University’s Entrepreneurship Institute where she served as Director for a little more than two years.

Brenna Hale

The Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEI), housed in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s (UTK) Haslam College of Business, has a new Executive Director, and she is described as a seasoned entrepreneurship leader.

Breanna Hale comes to UTK from Utah Valley University’s (UVU) Entrepreneurship Institute where she served as Director for a little more than two years, developing and managing entrepreneurial programming for the largest public university in the state. Her LinkedIn profile says Hale also:

  •  Grew student engagement by more than 325 percent in her first year at UVU;
  • Increased student funding by 84 percent in the first year;
  • Built a network of mentors and community organizations to provide support to student entrepreneurs beyond graduation; and
  • Developed and funded innovative new programs with community and campus partnerships, and supported their launch through cross-campus collaboration including faculty, marketing staff, students, and development/advancement officers.

Earlier stops included serving as:

  • An Adjunct Professor at Irvine Valley College for slightly more than four and one-half years;
  • Associate Director of the Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) for more than three years after doing an earlier stint as Assistant Director of UCI’s ANTpreneur Center for two and one-half years and a Program Manager at the Beall Center
  • Executive Director of the Tech Coast Venture Network; and
  • Various positions in marketing and business development.

“I am honored to be the new Executive Director at the Anderson Center,” Hale said in a news release. “I have seen firsthand how access to knowledge, mentorship, tools, and resources can build strong, socially responsible companies and change lives.”

Lindsay Mahony, who served as the ACEI Interim Executive Director, praised the new leader. “We are tremendously excited to welcome Breanna Hale to the Anderson Center team,” she said. “Her passion and experience make her the perfect fit to lead the center’s entrepreneurship endeavors across campus and in the community. We look forward to reaching more students, developing entrepreneurial talent and helping students from all majors create businesses. Under her leadership, the Anderson Center will continue to build on its positive momentum as a collaborative supporter of innovation and technology commercialization at UT.”

Hale earned her B.A. in Communications from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from UCI.


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