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David Golden Named Executive Assistant to the President

I am pleased to announce that David Golden has agreed to serve as my executive assistant, effective Dec. 1, following an internal search that began early last month. 
David is an experienced faculty member, serving the University of Tennessee, Knoxville as a professor of food microbiology and also as special assistant to Chancellor Jimmy Cheek since August. David is a former member of the UT Board of Trustees and UT Knoxville Faculty Senate president.
The executive assistant is a member of my senior staff, responsible for a broad and complex set of assignments, 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 Office at events, activities, meetings and to constituent groups; and serving as liaison with all levels of administration statewide.
David’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, David 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.  
Keith Carver has served as my executive assistant since my first day as president in 2011 and is set to become the next chancellor of UT Martin in January.
To learn more about the search and David Golden’s background, visit the search website.
All the best,

The University of Tennessee | Office of the President
831 Andy Holt Tower | Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865.974.2241 | Fax: 865.974.3753
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