Steve Byrum is a native of Athens, Tennessee. He studied in the public schools of Athens and McMinn Country before matriculating at the University of Richmond, Maryville College, and Tennessee Wesleyan College. Dr. Byrum graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan in 1969 with a Bachelor’s Degree (cum laude) in Philosophy and Religion. He then received a Masters of Divinity Degree from Southern Seminary (with honors), and completed his graduate work with a Masters of Arts and a Doctorate of Philosophy in philosophy from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (with highest honors). Dr. Byrum has completed post-graduate work at Vanderbilt University, Princeton University (on 2 occasions), and Spellman College. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, and Tennessee Committee for the Humanities, and received the Tennessee Wesleyan Distinguished Alumnus of the year in 1993. Dr. Byrum is the author of over 40 books and more than 100 periodical articles.
Dr. Byrum taught on the college and university level for 25 years at both the University of Tennessee and Chattanooga State College. He served as Dean of Arts and Humanities in Chattanooga. He has held Adjunct Professorships at the University of Alabama, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Tennessee Wesleyan College, and Carson Newman College. In addition to his teaching, he had his own personal and family counseling practice in Chattanooga for 22 years. His consulting work in business and industry began in 1978 with the establishment of The Byrum Consulting Group, LLC, and his client list includes over 250 businesses, organizations, and institutions.
A primary focus of Byrum’s professional career has been the work of Robert S. Hartman, PhD, with whom he studied during his graduate work at the University of Tennessee. Byrum has furthered Hartman’s original work, and has created various applications of the Judgment Assessment for business, industry, and education. He has also developed a national reputation as a speaker and seminar leader relating to topics of workforce selection, leadership development, and crisis/change/stress management.
Byrum is married, the proud father of 2 children, and has 2 grandchildren. He is an avid runner, a rabid fan of the University of Tennessee football team, enjoys building furniture and model airplanes, and loves the mountains of East Tennessee. He and his wife reside in Signal Mountain, Tennessee near Chattanooga.