Lincoln Memorial University

Dean Gary Wade Celebrated as Centennial Alumnus at UT



Knoxville, Tennessee, September 28, 2017— Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) Dean Gary R. Wade was one of 100 University of Tennessee (UT) graduates celebrated in the Tennessee Alumnus Centennial Alumnus feature.

In 2017, The Tennessee Alumnus magazine celebrated its 100th continuous year of publication by selecting 100 illustrious graduates to feature in three commemorative issues. Wade’s profile was published in the third installment, which was the Fall 2017 edition of the magazine. He is featured alongside such notable individuals as retired NFL player Peyton Manning, astronaut Scott Kelly, former Tennessee governor Winfield Dunn and business leader Jim Clayton.

Wade was selected from a total alumni population of around 370,000 graduates. The magazine started with a pool of 500 alumni nominated by fellow alumni, and a special panel whittled the list to the final distinguished 100 honorees.

Wade earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and a law degree from UT. Following law school, he worked in private practice in Sevierville, Tennessee, where he was elected mayor in 1977 and served five successive terms.

Wade served as a judge for the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals for 19 years, serving as presiding judge for eight of those years. During this time, he co-founded Friends of the Smokies, the highly successful support organization for the Greak Smoky Mountains National Park. Former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen appointed Wade to the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2006. He served the state’s highest court until his retirement in 2015, serving as court’s chief justice for two of those years.

Wade joined LMU Law in 2015. Under his leadership the institution has celebrated several milestones, including the highest first-time pass rate in school history in July 2016, being named a “Best Value Law School” and the “Top Law School for Bar Preparation” by National Jurist and a 100% overall employment rate for May 2016 graduates, including 94% full-time, long-term employment and 82% in J.D.-required employment.


The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU Law is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU Law, call 865.545.5303 or visit us online at



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