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Stuart C. McWhorter

Unified Command

Stuart McWhorter was appointed by Governor Bill Lee to lead the COVID-19 Unified Command Group which was created to streamline coordination across state departments as Tennessee fights the COVID-19 pandemic.

McWhorter was previously the Commissioner of the Department of Finance & Administration and served as the statewide finance chair for Governor Bill Lee’s campaign. In addition, McWhorter served as Chairman of Governor Lee’s 2019 “Believe in Tennessee” Inauguration.

Prior to becoming commissioner, McWhorter served as Co-Founder and Chairman of Clayton Associates with over 25 years of experience in entrepreneurship and early stage investing. Founded in 1996, Clayton Associates serves as a venture investment firm primarily focused on the early stage investment cycle in the healthcare and technology industries.

In addition, McWhorter served as the CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC). The EC is Nashville-based innovation hub that helps entrepreneurs create, launch and grow scalable businesses.

Prior to Clayton Associates, McWhorter was part of the founding management team of OrthoLink Physicians Corporation where he served as Vice President of Managed Care and Vice President of Development. Prior to OrthoLink, McWhorter served in various managed care contracting positions with Tenet Healthcare-owned Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham, AL.

McWhorter previously served on the Board of Directors of FirstBank Financial Corporation (NYSE:FBK) and served as Chairman of the Compensation Committee as well as served as a member of the Audit Committee. McWhorter also served on other various public and private boards prior to joining the Lee Administration. McWhorter’s civic duties include serving on past boards: Belmont University, Clemson University Foundation, Tennessee Business Roundtable, Blood Water Mission, YMCA of Middle Tennessee, Nashville Public Education Foundation, Hospital Hospitality House, St. Luke’s Community Center, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and Nashville’s Agenda. McWhorter has served as adjunct professor at Belmont University teaching healthcare, finance and entrepreneurship.

McWhorter received his Masters in Health Administration from The University of Alabama-Birmingham and B.S. in Management from Clemson University. McWhorter is married to Leigh Anne (Hendrix) of Selmer, TN and they live in Brentwood with their 5 children.