David A. Golden
David A. Golden is the current Chief Executive Officer of the ETSU Research Corporation, after having recently retired as a Fortune 500 Executive Team Member (rank #232) and as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal & Sustainability Officer, and Corporate Secretary of Eastman Chemical Company–a multinational materials innovation company headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee. While at Eastman, Golden had overall responsibility for Eastman’s Legal, Corporate HSES, Product Safety & Regulatory Affairs, Sustainability, Government Relations, Aviation Services, Communications, Community Affairs, Public Policy, Privacy, Global Business Conduct, and International Trade Compliance functions, with personnel in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Prior to joining Eastman in 1995, David was with the international law firm of Hunton & Williams (now Hunton Andrews Kurth) in their Atlanta office.
David holds a B.S. (Accounting) and a Juris Doctorate from Brigham Young University, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif and served on the management committee of the BYU Law Review. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School having completed Harvard’s Advanced Management Program in 2012.
Golden serves on the Board of Directors of Ballad Health, the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance (Secretary), the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), the Niswonger Foundation, Music for All, and the Marine Advanced Technology Education Inspiration for Innovation (MATE II) (Chair) based in Monterey, CA. His other public service includes work as a member of the advisory board of Western Governor’s University-TN and the University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy as well as serving on the Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments and the Tennessee Business Court Rules Commission. He also recently served on the Board of Trustees of East Tennessee State University (Vice-chair). David is an alumnus of Leadership Tennessee (Class III) and is a frequent public speaker on leadership, motivation, education, ESG, and sustainability topics.