Senior Vice President for Research, Outreach and Economic Development

David Millhorn is University of Tennessee executive vice president, serving as the chief operating officer of the University’s four campuses and three statewide institutes, and UT vice president for research.

In January 2014, he was elected president of the UT Research Foundation in addition to his others duties as executive vice president and vice president for research. Millhorn joined UT in 2005 as vice president for research, overseeing the management of science and technology programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the research and economic development programs for the UT system. He became executive vice president in early 2007.

Before coming to UT, Millhorn served the University of Cincinnati as the inaugural director of its Genome Research Institute and chairman of its Department of Genome Science. He is a member of the American Physiological Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society for Neuroscience, and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Millhorn holds his bachelor’s degree from UT Chattanooga and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He was Professor from 1980-1994 in the Department of Physiology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Millhorn and his wife, Sherry, live in Knoxville. They are the parents of three daughters.