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About Us

The Neel Corporate Governance Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business was founded in 2003 following the wake of corporate scandals that preceded the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Our mission is to conduct and disseminate nationally recognized research on corporate governance with a focus on public policy. Faculty members from accounting, economics, finance, and the College of Law collaborate to provide an interdisciplinary view on a variety of topics. Our researchers have established a national reputation for research in corporate governance, particularly as it relates to:

  • Audit committees
  • Audit and risk management
  • Boards of directors
  • Executive compensation
  • Institutional investors
  • Labor markets for directors and executives
  • Proxy advisors
  • Regulatory oversight
  • Securities fraud
  • Shareholder activism

Through our Distinguished Speaker Series, the Neel Center addresses a broader range of public policy issues and brings a greater diversity of perspectives to the governance challenges currently facing corporate America. Research efforts are often motivated by these presentations, which focus on a variety of current topics in corporate governance including the audit process, executive compensation, board structure and firm performance.