I got to know Maryville College as a reporter, first for The Daily Times in Maryville and then the Knoxville News Sentinel, where I wrote about higher education. I made the shift from writing about students to counseling them at Pellissippi State Community College, where I was an academic advisor. I helped a lot of students plan for transfer, and that's part of why I took the job here at Maryville College. I wanted to continue working with transfer students and help them through an important transition on their way to earning a degree.
I earned my bachelor's degree in journalism from Tennessee Technological University and used the G.I. Bill to pay for my education. I am U.S. Army veteran and also a contact for student veterans and non-traditional students. I live in Maryville with my wife, Karen, and daughter, Louisa.
- Favorite books: "Essays of E.B. White"; "Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout
- Favorite TV shows: Friday Night Lights, Louis CK
- Favorite dessert: Sorbet (any flavor)
- Hobbies: Reading, riding my bike, making pizza
- Places to go: Black Mountain, N.C.; Camden, Maine
Why I love MC
I have lived in Maryville for about 10 years and have always seen Maryville College as an important part of the community. Not all colleges blend so well with the towns and cities around them. But Maryville College is a welcoming and warm place, and I have always enjoyed coming to campus. I am proud to work here and enjoy telling prospective students and new Maryville residents about this place.