Graduate & Adult Studies


  • Hester Beecher

    Position: Assistant Professor of Marketing

    Campus Phone: (865) 471-2048

    Campus Box: 71887


    Dr. Beecher received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Master of Science in Retail and Consumer Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Human Ecology, all from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She began her Carson-Newman College career in fall 2004.

    Before starting at Carson-Newman College, Dr. Beecher worked in the retail industry at Proffitt’s corporate office as well as in the commercial real estate field at Wood Properties, Inc. She previously taught courses at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Tennessee Wesleyan College. She is a member of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. In her free time, she teaches aerobics and volunteers at several non-profit organizations in the Knoxville area.

  • Clyde Herring

    Position: Professor of Accounting

    Campus Phone: (865) 471-3587

    Campus Box: 71887


    Dr. Herring joined Carson-Newman University in July 2010. He previously was on the accounting faculty at Mississippi State University (MSU) for the past 23 ½ years where he held the Bill Simmons Teaching Fellow. During his tenure at MSU, Dr. Herring also served as the Interim Director of the Adkerson School of Accountancy in 2000 and again from 2006-2008.

    Dr. Herring received his Bachelor of Professional Accountancy in 1980 and Master of Professional Accountancy in 1981, both from MSU. After graduation, he began his career with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG) in Nashville, TN. In 1984, he entered the PhD program at University of Alabama and received his doctorate in 1988.

    Dr. Herring has been very active in professional organizations. He served in various positions for the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA); Awards, Education, and Scholarship Committee member for 23 years, Treasurer in 2001-2002, and Vice President/President/Past President from 2003-2006. From 2007-2010, Dr. Herring served a three-year term as an at-large board member. In 2001, he was recognized as the MSCPA Outstanding Educator for the state of Mississippi. Dr. Herring also served as a committee member, treasurer, vice president, and president of the local chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants.

  • Tori Knight

    Position: Business Department Chair, Associate Professor of Economics, and Director of Institutional Effectiveness

    Campus Phone: (865) 471-4803

    Campus Box: 71887


    Dr. Knight received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from the University of Tennessee and her Master’s and Ph.D. in Economics from North Carolina State University. Dr. Knight began her Carson-Newman teaching career in fall 2000.

    Dr. Knight came to Carson-Newman from Triangle Economic Research where she worked as a Senior Economist. She previously taught at North Carolina State University.

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