Richard Chesteen received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Mississippi in 1976. He has taught in higher education since 1964. He has been at the University of Tennessee since 1969. He retired in 2007 but now teaches half-time on a post-retirement appointment.
Dr. Chesteen has involved himself in a wide range of political related activities. He was a county commissioner in Obion County for twelve years. He was a contender in the Democratic gubernatorial primary in 1994. He has been a past instructor for the UT Center for Government Training in management areas. He also has complete the ICMA public management certificate program and has completed all levels of the UT County Officials public management program. He is a former president of the Tennessee County Officials Association and a former member of TACIR.
Dr. Chesteen has reported on political events on both radio and TV and currently has a public affairs program -“Conversations”- on WOBT-TV in Union City. He also has authored numerous political essays that have appeared in state newspapers.
He lives with his wife Gloria in Union City.