Alumni Hall of Fame award recipient
Linda Davidson was named Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs and Chief Development Officer/West Coast at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in November of 2011. In this role Linda reports to the President of the UT Foundation and represents all UT campuses to the 12,000 alumni in the seven western states.
In 1998, Davidson was appointed Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In December of 2011 the UT System surpassed the $1 billion Campaign for Tennessee goal with a total of $1.3 billion. Mrs. Davidson led a 60 member alumni and development team which raised over $830 million of that goal. Over the last four years the alumni team has established an alumni board of directors, an alumni awards program and initiated a series of new programming with the goal of creating lifetime relationships between the 220,000 worldwide UT Knoxville alumni and their University.
In 1980, Mrs. Davidson was hired as the first college based fundraiser at the University of Tennessee with responsibility for the College of Liberal Arts. For a seven year period in the 1990s Davidson returned to her undergraduate alma mater, the University of Idaho, to serve as Executive Director of the University of Idaho Foundation. It was during this period that Davidson became active nationally in the arena of institutionally related foundations ultimately serving as Chair of the Society of Institutionally Related Foundations. Other national activities include serving on the judging panel for the CASE Awards for Excellence and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (formerly NASULGC). Locally Davidson has served on the boards of directors of the Downtown Rotary Club, Florence Crittenden, Tanasi Girl Scout Council as well as President of the Executive Women’s Association and as an Elder of Westminster Presbyterian Church. In 2010 Linda was named a Woman of Achievement by the Southern Appalachian Girl Scout Council.
Linda’s husband, Mike Davidson ‘73 is Professor and Head of the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. They have two grown daughters, Laurel and Holly ‘02.