UT Alumnus Who Serves as U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains to Visit Campus

KNOXVILLE — Maj. Gen. Douglas Carver, the U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains and a 1973 alumnus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will speak at the Army ROTC Spring Military Formal on Saturday and meet with campus officials and the campus ministries before heading back to Washington, D.C., next week.

A native of Rome, Ga., Carver earned his bachelor’s degree in religious studies from UT.

After serving on active duty for six years after graduation, he resigned his commission to enter the ministry.

He went on to earn his master of divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa.

He was commissioned as an Army chaplain in June 1984 and became the 22nd Chief of Chaplains in July 2007.

Carver has served as a field artillery officer and Army chaplain in a myriad of assignments worldwide. He spends most of his time traveling to military installations, meeting with soldiers and their families and developing programs for them. He also advises senior Army leadership on the spiritual well-being of the military.

“With prolonged military operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan, there’s never been a greater need to focus on the comprehensive fitness of our soldiers and their families,” said Lt. Col. Dave Leach, head of the UT Army ROTC Program. “The Army has taken a holistic approach to ensure the Army family has all the necessary resources to cope with the stressors associated with the current operating environment.”

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, amy.blakely@tennessee.edu)

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