Ami McBride will return to the Tickle College of Engineering on October 29 as the new director of finance and administrative affairs. She previously served as business manager in the Department of Nuclear Engineering (NE) and most recently served UT as budget director in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services.
As NE’s business manager, McBride helped steer the department through a period of fast growth. NE Department Head Wes Hines praised her leadership from that time.
“Ami came in and transformed our department from one just trying to survive the massive growing pains and added compliance requirements, to one that was proactively and strategically organized to provide the best service to our faculty, staff, and students,” he said.
McBride has enjoyed a 30-year career in accounting, having started in the profession while in high school. She obtained her MBA from Lake Superior State University in 2000, and was vice president for finance at Baker College of Cadillac, Michigan, for nine years before coming to UT.
“I have worked in multiple industries: construction, manufacturing (printing, automotive, and defense), and education,” she said. “I like education best because we impact so many lives, and we get to see it first-hand every day.”
McBride, her husband Chad, and their son Caden moved to East Tennessee after vacationing here. McBride said the southern climate gives them more opportunity to enjoy outdoor pastimes such as motorcycling.