Senior Vice President Emeritus

David Millhorn is the University of Tennessee’s senior vice president emeritus and national laboratory relations advisor.

Previously, he was UT senior vice president and vice president for research, outreach and economic development since 2016; president of the UT Research Foundation since January 2014; and a member of the UT president’s staff with systemwide research oversight since 2005.

Millhorn began serving as a member of the UT president’s staff as vice president for research and economic development in 2005, and held both the offices of executive vice president and vice president for research from 2007 to 2017. Millhorn’s achievements have included two five-year extensions – both without having to re-compete – of the U.S. Department of Energy’s contract for the University to manage Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) through the UT-Battelle partnership (with Battelle Memorial Institute).

Millhorn came to UT from the University of Cincinnati as 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 has a bachelor’s degree from UT Chattanooga and a doctoral degree from Ohio State University. He was professor from 1980 to 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.