Kim Harmon serves as the Executive Director of the Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership (NCEL) at the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service. In this role, Kim leads a team to develop others so they thrive professionally. A Tennessee native, Kim Harmon previously served thirty years with the State of Tennessee with the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration (F&A), the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), and the Tennessee Department of Revenue.
As the Inspector General of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) in F&A from 2018 to 2022, Kim led OIG to identify and investigate TennCare recipient fraud by conducting timely, thorough, and accurate investigations. From 2001 to 2018, Kim worked at TBI, initially as a Special Agent investigating Medicaid provider fraud for ten years and then as the Special Agent in Charge for the TBI Training Division. Kim began her state service with Revenue as an auditor and then Special Agent.
Kim graduated from Carson-Newman College in 1987 with a BS in Accounting, and in 2017 with a Master’s in Public Service degree from Tennessee State University. Her leadership training includes TGEI, TGMI, LEAD, TBI Leadership Academy, Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange, and the FBI LEEDA trilogy. She has a Certified Public Manager certification, a DiversityFirst certification, and a Change Style Indicator and Change Navigator certification. She is married to a funny, hardworking, and smart man named Randy. She enjoys laughing with her family which includes two daughters, a son-in-law, and a very special grandchild.