Doug Horne (’67)

Category: Alumni Service | Awards

After faith and family, higher education is Doug Horne’s most fervent passion. That is why he championed the state revenue reform proposal that provided every Tennessee high school graduate with the annual $4,000 HOPE scholarship and redirected lottery proceeds to help K–12 education.

He is a past member of the Chancellor’s Associates, the UT Foundation Board, and the UT Board of Trustees, to which he was appointed in 2007 by Governor Phil Bredesen, who believed Horne’s business experience would be beneficial to UT in the light of the financial stresses looming before the recession.

Horne graduated from UT in 1967 with a BS in industrial management. After 14 years at TVA, he began a real estate and entrepreneurial career that has included more than 150 projects across 25 states. His clients include many of the nation’s most-desired commercial tenants, notably Walmart, Publix, Ingle’s, Winn Dixie, and Food Lion. He is president of Horne Properties Inc. and owns an insurance agency as well as several newspapers and radio stations. Additionally, Horne served as president of the Tennessee Press Association in 2018 and 2019.

As part of the Campaign for Tennessee, Horne gave generously to the Haslam College of Business, Athletics, and the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, creating the Haslam College of Business’s Horne Professorship.
Doug Horne
2014 Alumni Service Award Winner