Take Care of My Building

The home of the College of Business is the Louis Johnson Hall, named after the first and longest-serving dean of the college. He was regarded as "Mr. Business Administration" by several generations of Tennessee Tech University students and served from 1942 until 1975 as dean of Tennessee Tech's College of Business Administration.

Dean Johnson joined the Tennessee Tech faculty in 1936, and became dean in 1942. He stepped down from the deanship in 1975, retiring from the faculty in 1978.

His credentials included a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green College of Commerce (now Western Kentucky University), a master's degree from Northwestern University and a law degree from Samford University. But his value to Tennessee Tech and the community could not be measured only in terms of academic credentials.

Johnson is credited with upgrading Tennessee Tech's business curricula, laying the foundation for the master's of business administration program, teaching with dedication and expertise, and building relationships among the university and the business, industrial and civic sectors of the community.

Dean Louis passed away in July of 2003. The last thing he said to our former dean and development officer was “Take Care of My Building.” They kept that promise and embarked upon a lofty goal of renovating all the classrooms and common areas in Johnson Hall.

Over the last twelve years with the generous support of alumni and friends, sixteen rooms have been renovated. They include: the Christine Burks Classroom, Tommy Lynn Suite, Tom Orton Conference Room, Kraft CPAs Accounting Classroom, Charlie Hawkins Classroom, James McLamore Conference Room, Tom Neal MBA Lounge, Emily Bedford Administrative Suite, Virginia Plummer Room, the Don Ervin Auditorium, the Heidtke Trading Room, the Louis and Virginia Johnson Classroom, the Jimmy and Shirley Mackie MBA Classroom, the Bruce and Virginia Throckmorton Classroom, the Michael Burry Classroom, the Bob and Gloria Bell Classroom, and Gary Pickett Classroom.

Dean Thomas Payne and Development Director Cheryl Montgomery are committed to that promise. We still have several classrooms and common areas in need of renovation. If you are interested in helping us “keep our promise" to Dean Louis, please contact Cheryl Montgomery at 931.372.3882 or cmontgomery@tntech.edu.

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