Alumni Spotlight: Bart Graham
Bart Graham came to UT as a recruited member of the swim team under Coach Ray Bussard, and he stayed to complete two degrees. He achieved All-America honors at the NCAA Championships as a relay team member in each of his four years of swimming eligibility, and later became a graduate assistant coach for the UT swim team. Graham graduated with honors with a degree in finance in just three years and then went on to complete UT’s Master of Business Administration program with a finance concentration. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
Graham was appointed the revenue commissioner for the state of Georgia on June 12, 2003. As commissioner, he is responsible for statewide tax administration, alcohol and tobacco industry regulation and law enforcement, motor vehicle title and registration, license plate design and fulfillment, title fulfillment, and title fraud law enforcement. His office of 1,400 full-time employees annually collects $14-18 billion and processes over 30 million documents.
Prior to becoming revenue commissioner, Graham worked for many years as chief financial officer in the areas of defense contracting, banking, information technology, capital markets, and corporate banking.
Graham has maintained his ties to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as a member of the National Alumni Board of Directors. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Federation of Tax Administrators, the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), the Georgia State Board of Equalization, and the Board of One Georgia Authority. He also swims and competes nationally in U.S. Masters Long Course National Championships.
Graham and his wife have two children who follow in their parents’ footsteps, excelling in both academics and athletics. The family enjoys camping, hunting, fishing, and spending time at the beach (or in the marsh) when time allows.