The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Dr. Gene Ezell

EHLS Recognized with Alumni Award

Dr. Gene Ezell, UTNAA Professor of Health Promotion in Exercise Science, Health and Leisure Studies at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has been honored by The University of Tennessee at Knoxville for outstanding personal and professional achievement.

Ezell, who received his doctorate from UTK, has received the Robert H. Kirk Distinguished Alumni Award, presented this spring at the annual convention of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in Philadelphia. It is named in honor of UTK’s first black full-time tenured professor.

Ezell, who has been at UTC since 1974, was honored for "unselfishly contributing to his profession and humankind."

Ezell’s areas of specialization are: health education, teacher education, research and research evaluation, substance abuse prevention and HIV/AIDS prevention education. He regularly teaches courses in Personal Health, Safety and First Aid, School Health Program, Research Techniques, Substance Abuse Prevention, and Aging/Death and Dying. He has written and contributed to 15 books and over 30 refereed journal articles in various areas of health promotion. In 1995, he was selected as the Outstanding College Health Educator in the United States by the American Association of Health Education. He was selected scholar of the year by his professional association.

He serves as deacon of First Presbyterian, Chattanooga and he contributes his time to other community based programs.

Ezell is married to Cynthia Jo and they are parents of one daughter, Megan Michelle.