In 1980, David Zettergren received his Master's degree in Accountancy from the University of Memphis. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and he began working full-time for the University in November 1985 as the Manager of Financial Reporting. After holding that position for 10 years, he became the Director of Accounting in August 1995. In October 2000, he was named the Assistant Vice President for Finance at the University of Memphis. In October 2008, he was named as Interim Vice President for Business & Finance.