Covington mayor Dr. David Gordon set to speak at fall commencement
Posted: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 10:40 am
The Messenger 12.03.08
Covington Mayor Dr. David Gordon will deliver the fall commencement address at the University of Tennessee at Martin at 11 a.m. Dec. 13 in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.
About 450 degrees are expected to be awarded.
Gordon became mayor in 2005 and served on the Tipton County Commission from 2002-06. He is a member of the Covington Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, Southwest Tennessee Economic Development Authority board, Tennessee Municipal League board and is West Tennessee Mayors Association vice president.
He also is a member of the Covington-Tipton County Chamber of Commerce board and a member of the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association.
Gordon is a 2002 WestStar Leadership graduate, received the C.P. Boyd Leadership Award and serves on the WestStar Board of Trustees. He served on the UT Martin Development Committee from 2002-06, including 2004-05 as chair.
Gordon received a bachelor’s degree from UT Martin, where four generations of his family have attended, and graduated in the first class of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. He began private practice in Covington in 1979.
He and his wife, Ruth Weeks Gordon, have three children, Cory, Jane and Carly.
UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes will preside over the exercises and confer degrees. Dr. Robert Hartshorn, University of Tennessee Alumni Association Alumni Distinguished Service Professor, will be the mace bearer and the processional marshals will be Dr. Kathy Evans, Faculty Senate president; Dr. Richard Joost, Faculty Senate vice president; Al Hooten, vice chancellor for finance and administration; and Len Solomons, vice chancellor for university advancement.
A reception will be hosted in Skyhawk Fieldhouse immediately following the commencement ceremony.