Charles Edward Pemberton, BS, MS

Title: Chief Executive Officer, Primary Instructor
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Charles Edward Pemberton, BS, MS, Chief Executive Officer and Primary Instructor at, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in aquatic education.

Mr. Pemberton has always had a passion for swimming. He learned how to navigate the water at a YMCA in northern Kentucky at eight years old, which was a positive and rewarding experience. By the age of 12, he had begun to teach swimming to younger children. He went on to attend Eastern Kentucky University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in math and physical education. He proceeded to further his education with a master’s in physical education from the University of Kentucky in 1969, and then again with a PhD study in human anatomy at the University of Iowa.

Mr. Pemberton has built a strong reputation in his field throughout his career. From 1970 until 1973, he was the aquatics director at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. In 1977, he relocated to the University of Tennessee, where he became the director of handicapped swimming. He proceeded to teach at several different locations until 1984, when he became the president and chief executive officer of Pemberton Associates, Inc. He remains in that role today, alongside his position as chief executive officer and primary instructor at

In recognition of his success, Mr. Pemberton was given the title of Outstanding National Swim Instructor from the National Swim School Association. He attributes many of his achievements to his genuine love of teaching others how to swim. The most rewarding feeling for him is watching someone swim for the first time. In 2019, Mr. Pemberton’s achievements were recognized with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

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