Zach Wamp, Former U.S. Congressman, will deliver the spring commencement address to more than 1,000 UTC graduates on Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. in the UTC McKenzie Arena. The event will be streamed live online, available at this link on the day of the ceremony.
Wamp represented Tennessee’s Third District in the United States Congress from 1995 to 2011. He is presently engaged as a consultant in the energy, transportation, national security, and workforce development sectors for some of the most prominent companies in the world.
In Congress, he served as the ranking member of the Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Subcommittee and prior to that as the ranking member of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee on which he served for fourteen years.
Among his notable achievements in Congress, Wamp helped establish the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force, The Tennessee Valley Technology Corridor and the United States Department of Homeland Security. He wrote and enacted into law legislation to expand the Trail of Tears, establish The Moccasin Bend National Archeological District, replace the Chickamauga Lock on the Tennessee River, name Emancipation Hall in the United States Capitol. He also wrote and enacted landmark energy efficiency legislation in The Energy Policy Act.
Wamp currently serves on the board of directors of Oak Ridge Associated Universities, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, THANKS-USA, a 501(c)(3) organization providing scholarships to children of our nations soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, the International Conversation Caucus Foundation (ICCF) and the board of Genera Energy LLC.
He graduated from The McCallie School, attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The University of Tennessee. He later received honorary doctorates from Lincoln Memorial University and Carson Newman College.