2013 - Lowry Kline
On April 25, 2013, the Political Science Department named Lowry Kline its first Distinguished Alumnus. Lowry Kline was born and raised in Loudon, Tennessee. After graduating from Loudon High School, he came to UT where he double-majored in Political Science and English. Upon receiving his bachelor's degree in 1962, Mr. Kline attended the UT College of Law and earned his JD in 1965. Upon graduation he joined the Miller & Martin law firm, became a partner in 1970, and continued his work with that firm until 1995. He began his association with the Coca-Cola bottling business in 1981, serving as general counsel for the Johnston Coca-Cola Bottling Group. When that company merged with Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., Mr. Kline became senior vice president and general counsel. In 1996 he became CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises, which at the time was the world's largest producer, marketer, and distributor of bottled and canned beverages. In 2003 Mr. Kline turned over the role of CEO to someone else, but continued to serve as executive chairman of the board of directors until his retirement in 2008. Mr. Kline is also distinguishged by his service and generous giving to many charitable and educational enterprises, including the Trust for Public Land, Paintrock Canyon Program, the Chattanooga History Center, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center, the Lula Lake Land Trust, the Tennessee Aquarium, Loudon High School, and, of course, the University of Tennessee. It is our honor to name Lowry Kline as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Department of Political Science.