Executive Assistant to the President

David Golden was named executive assistant to the president in November 2016.

Golden, a professor of food microbiology, is a former member of UT Board of Trustees and former UT Knoxville Faculty Senate president. Before joining the UT System Administration he served as special assistant to UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek.

The executive assistant carries out several duties, including:

  • Maintaining a standard of excellence for the staff in the Office of the President;
  • Coordinating activities directly related to the president’s staff and members of the senior administrative team in the execution of System initiatives;
  • Providing outstanding service to a variety of internal and external University stakeholders;
  • Representing the president at events, activities, meetings and to constituent groups; and serving as liaison with all levels of administration statewide.

Golden’s 23-year career at UT Knoxville also includes serving as interim associate director of the University Honors Program and as a faculty fellow of the Haslam Scholars Program. He has received numerous awards recognizing his excellence in teaching, including the Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award from the UT Alumni Association in 2013 and the Elmer Marth Educator Award from the International Association for Food Protection in 2010.

Prior to joining UT in 1993, Golden served as a research microbiologist and microbiologist for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for two years and as a visiting research scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in New South Wales, Australia in 1989. He earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and master’s and doctoral degrees in food science from the University of Georgia.

David is married to Ashley Golden, a three-time UTK alumna, and has two daughters, Emily and Sarah.