Biographical / Historical
David A. Lockmiller (1906-2005) served as president of the University of Chattanooga from 1942 to 1959. Born in Athens, Tennessee, Lockmiller earned a B.Ph. and M.A. from Emory University, LL.C. from Cumberland University, and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. He also attended sessions at Oxford University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Paris. He practiced law in Missouri from 1929-1934. He left law for academia when he took a position as instructor of history and political science at the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering of the University of North Carolina (Raleigh, NC) in 1934. He held various administrative positions at North Carolina State until his election as president of University of Chattanooga in 1942 at age 36.
Lockmiller was the longest serving president in the history of the university. He steered the school through the years of WWII, during which UC had a greatly diminished student population. Lockmiller oversaw the expansion of student enrollment (from 600 to 2000 students), the physical plant (9 permanent buildings were constructed), and academic curriculum. He was active in local civic organizations, including the Rotary Club. In 1953, Lockmiller was named Chattanooga’s “Man of the Year” and was presented with the Kiwanis Club’s Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Lockmiller left the University of Chattanooga in 1959 to serve as president of Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, OH). Lockmiller married Alma Russell; they had two children, Russell and Carlotta.