David Blackburn
Position: Vice Chancellor & Director of Athletics
Alma Mater: Tennessee
Graduating Year: 1990
Experience: 1st Year
Phone: 423-425-4444
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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Interim Chancellor Dr. Grady Bogue and Chancellor-elect Dr. Steven Angle announced David Blackburn as the institution’s new Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics on April 20, 2013.  Blackburn most recently served as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Administration at the University of Tennessee where he was member of the Volunteers’ executive staff. 

Blackburn jumped right into his new role, making two high-profile hires in less than a month on the job.  On May 10, 2013, he announced Hall of Famer Jim Foster as the new coach of the Lady Mocs basketball program.  Four days later, he introduced Will Wade as the new men’s basketball coach at UTC. 

Both hires were met with enthusiasm and excitement in the Scenic City and quickly showed that Blackburn’s skills and experience give him the ability to find the right fit for the Mocs.  He has certainly impressed the Chattanooga faithful heading into his first season leading the Mocs. 

A 1990 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Blackburn has over two decades of experience in college athletics.  He began his career at Tennessee in 1993 working with then-head football coach Phillip Fulmer, serving in a variety of roles within the program.  He held his most recent position since 2008 as direct oversight of Vols football and its senior-level administrator.

At Tennessee, Blackburn served as the athletic department liaison to the Thornton Center, the student-athlete academic support unit.  He was appointed to participate in various search committees for head coaches and upper level departmental staff.  He also participated in the design and construction of Tennessee's new $48 million football training center.

In August of 2003, Blackburn made a transition into fundraising and became the Assistant Athletic Director for Development. During his tenure working in fundraising, the Volunteer Athletic Scholarship Fund saw record growths in all areas. Most noted were total athletic gifts more than doubling from $19.5 million in 2003 to over $41 million in 2007. Also, he helped secure an $84 million multi-media rights contract with Host Communications.

In 2007, Blackburn was promoted to Associate Athletic Director for Administration where he broadened his scope of athletic department management serving on then-Athletic Director Mike Hamilton's senior management team.  That appointment included oversight of the track and field program, the swimming and diving teams, facility operations, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, equipment operations, and event management.

A native of Loudon, Tenn., Blackburn is married to the former Andrea Radel of Albion, Mich. They have two daughters, Emma and Charlee.

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