Larry Thomas McGehee was the fourth executive administrator of the University of Tennessee presiding in office from 1971 to 1979. Dr. McGehee was born on May 18, 1936 in Paris, Tennessee to George Eugene McGehee and Margaret Elizabeth Thomas. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Transylvania College in 1958. Bachelor of Divinity, Master of Arts and doctoral degrees from Yale University were awarded in 1963, 1964 and 1969 respectively.
He began a career in education as Director and Assistant Vice President of University Relations at the University of Alabama in 1966. In two years he rose to the position of Executive Assistant to the President, and finally to that of Executive Vice President, a position he held from 1969 to 1971. He left the University of Alabama as the Academic Vice Chancellor to become Chancellor at UT Martin.
Larry McGehee was UT Martin chancellor for eight years before resigning to become Special Assistant to the President at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1979. He left the University of Tennessee in 1982 to become the Vice President of Planning, Marketing, & Evaluation at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. A position he retained until his death. He died Saturday, October 25th, 2008 at his home in Spartanburg, S.C. He was 72.