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David E. Millhorn, PhD

David E. Millhorn is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the University of Tennessee System. Prior to his arrival at UT in 2005, Dr. Millhorn was a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1978 -1994. From 1994-2005 he served as a department chairman and Director of the Genome Research Institute at the University of Cincinnati. A native of Chattanooga, Millhorn holds the B.S. from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (1974) and the Ph.D. from Ohio State University (1978). His research has been funded continuously since 1980 by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and other government and private agencies. He has published more than 250 articles in scientific journals, and he has received numerous awards and recognition for teaching, research, administrative, and leadership activities.

Dr. Millhorn’s duties at the University of Tennessee include oversight of operations for the four campuses (Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga and Martin) that make up the UT System. Dr. Millhorn serves on the Board of Governors for UT-Battelle, which oversees the management of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy. In this role, Dr. Millhorn serves as chairman of the Science and Technology Committee. Dr. Millhorn has worked closely with the Governor’s Office to create strong research and development initiatives in renewable (biological and solar) energy. Most recently, Dr. Millhorn has been given responsibility for the development of the Cherokee Farm Campus in Knoxville. This new campus will focus on solving problems of national significance by providing cutting-edge laboratory space for collaborative research teams from the university-, government-, and private sectors.