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Garnett Slatton

Associate Professor of the Practice of Business Studies

Garnett H. Slatton is an honors graduate of Duke University and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School.  During an internship at Duke, Prof. Slatton invented banking software that formed the basis for a new business. After HBS, Prof. Slatton spent five years in strategy consulting at Bain and Company, followed by three years in a turnaround as CEO of the National Basketball Association’s Washington Bullets (now Wizards).  He subsequently was CEO of a Bain Capital portfolio company, helped manage a family business, and ran the medical relief group of an international non-profit.  After earning a Masters of Divinity degree, Prof. Slatton founded a new church, which was one of the fastest growing Presbyterian churches in America, and later served as Senior Pastor of a regional mega-church in the Cleveland area.

In addition to teaching at Vanderbilt since 2008, Prof. Slatton consults with firms locally and nationally.  He has been married to Michelle since 1979; has 3 children, all Vanderbilt graduates, Houston (’07), Jane (’10), and Campbell (’17), who are all married to Vanderbilt grads; and the 4 cutest grandchildren (and counting) in the known universe.


A.B. in Management Science, magna cum laude, Duke University 1977
M.B.A., Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, 1981
M. Div., Reformed Theological Seminary, 1999


Corporate Strategy
General Management
Sports Management
Non-profit Management


Synaptonemal complex karyotyping in spermatocytes of the Chinese hamster (Cricetulus griseus). III. Quantitative evaluation. Moses MJ, Slatton GH, Gambling TM, Starmer CF. Chromosoma. 1977 Apr 20;60(4):345-75.