Certified Economic Developer Joins CIS Staff

Kim Denton joins the UT Center for Industrial Services (CIS) as an economic development specialist. She also will be directing CIS’ Tennessee Certified Economic Developer program.


Denton comes to CIS from the UT Office of Corporate & Foundation Engagement (OCFE), which connects industry and foundation partners to opportunities in research, innovation, technology and economic development. Prior to serving as associate director for OCFE, she served as the associate director of corporate relations for the UT Haslam College of Business, where she built a corporate engagement program to better connect companies with students, faculty and research opportunities within the college. She developed and managed corporate partnerships and matched Haslam College of Business assets to the needs of business and industry.


Prior to coming to the university, Denton spent 15 years as President/ CEO of the Oak Ridge Economic Partnership leading the economic development efforts for greater Oak Ridge. She also spent six years as marketing director for Tennessee’s Resource Valley (now ETEDA) and three years as director of marketing & corporate communications for PHP Companies (now Humana).


Denton earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing communications from the University of Florida and is a Certified Economic & Community Developer. She is married to Dennis Denton, an account manager with WW Grainger, and enjoys sports, travel and antiques.

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