Cavanaugh Mims (1986)

Category: Alumni Service | Awards

2019 Alumni Service Award Winner

Cavanaugh S. Mims is a proud Volunteer and dedicated supporter of UT. Since graduating with a BS in nuclear engineering in 1986, he has consistently answered the call to serve his alma mater through financial gifts and committee participation.

Mims is the president and founder of Visionary Solutions (VS), a Knoxville-based company specializing in transportation, logistics, and manufacturing for national and international governmental and commercial nuclear clients. Previously, he worked as a station nuclear engineer for the Tennessee Valley Authority and senior program/project manager for the US Department of Energy.

Mims has served as president of the UT Alumni Board of Directors and as a member of the Tickle College of Engineering Board of Advisors and Mentor Program, the Black Alumni Council, and the UT Chancellor’s Associates.

During his time at UT, he was a participant in the Engineering Diversity Program (EDP) and has tirelessly championed the program as a campaign committee member for the EDP’s Scholarship Endowment Campaign. He has made generous contributions to the endowment and his fundraising leadership helped the campaign reach its $1 million goal in November 2018.

Mims is also active in the community, working to advance organizations like the Oak Ridge Children’s Museum, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, Foster Chapel Baptist Church, and the American Museum of Science and Energy. Currently, he serves as chair of the Knoxville Area Urban League Board of Directors.

He is a graduate of Leadership Knoxville and was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award as president of the East Tennessee Environmental Business Association in 2005.