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KNOXVILLE — David Leaverton has been selected as the first president of the Young Alumni Council at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Leaverton, who earned degrees in the College of Business Administration in 1999 and 2000 and was the punter on the 1998 national championship football team, will serve a one-year term. Leaverton is the field director for U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s regional office in Knoxville.

The Young Alumni Council is a newly formed group of 30 alumni overseeing programs for alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years. There are about 52,000 current young alumni.

“David’s past leadership experience and passion for UT will certainly serve this group well during its initial year,” said Andrew Shafer, director of Alumni Programs.

During his term as president, Leaverton will serve as the council liaison to the Office of Alumni Affairs, represent the council on several committees and lay the groundwork for the group as it continues to develop.

“My goal as president is to create an avenue for young alumni to connect with each other as well as with the university, and I look forward to working with young alumni across the world to make that happen,” Leaverton said.

For more information about the Young Alumni Council, e-mail


Andrew Shafer, (865) 974-3211,

Elizabeth Davis, UT media relations, (865) 974-5179,