Focus on Alumni: Steve Diggs

 

Class Year: 1988
Major at MC:  Business Management
Senior Thesis Topic: Managing youth from a Christian perspective
Current Town/City of Residence: Knoxville, TN
Occupation: President/CEO Emerald Youth Foundation
Family: Sabrina Diggs '90, Adam Diggs beginning MC in fall 2015 & Abby Diggs

Describe your career path since graduating from MC.

Non profit, Christian Youth and Community Development.

Describe your job or a typical day “in the office.”

External facing with the community, donors, and organization leaders and stakeholders; development of new initiatives and most recently, supporting the launch of Knoxville's first public charter school.

What has been your most exciting/enjoyable professional experience to date?

Watching our current team grow together and assume more of the leadership of Emerald Youth.

Since graduating from MC, what has made you the most proud?

My family is special and the best at supporting my community and organizational role.

How did your MC experience prepare you for your vocation and/or life?

MC helped me establish a foundation for understanding community, work ethic, social capital, and most important, spiritual and life direction from faculty, coaches, and friends.

Professionally or personally, what’s still on your “bucket list?"

Simply trying to enjoy every day.

What are your hobbies? What do you do for fun?

Youth sports coaching and playing with my children, but not enough. A little racquetball too.

Complete this sentence: I’m glad Maryville College still...

...holds to Christian values and high expectations for learning.

Complete this sentence: My classmates may be surprised to learn that I ...

...will have a son beginning in the fall of 2015 at Maryville College.

What’s your best memory from your years as a student at MC?

Meeting my wife is #1!