Allison Norris named assistant dean of students

July 10, 2013
Contact: Amber Roberts, Communications Assistant
865.981.8209; communications@maryvillecollege.edu

Allison McDonald Norris has been named assistant dean of students at Maryville College.

Norris, who most recently was the dean of students at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C., will join the Maryville College student development staff on July 15. Her office is located in Bartlett Hall.

As the assistant dean of students, Norris will have a broad range of responsibilities, including overseeing judicial affairs, assisting with First Year Freshman Orientation, leading the Peer Mentor program and overseeing the College's alcohol prevention programs. Norris will also work closely with Vandy Kemp, vice president and dean of students at Maryville College.

Norris earned a bachelor's degree in religious studies from Lees-McRae College and a master's degree in religion from Emmanuel Christian Seminary in Johnson City, Tenn.

Norris comes to Maryville College with a strong background in student development. She began her career at Lees-McRae as a resident director and progressed steadily to become the dean of students at Lees-McRae.

“As dean of students, she was responsible for most aspects of student co-curricular life, and that experience will be invaluable to us at MC,” Kemp said.

Kemp added that Norris’ experience extends beyond the professional.

“Allison brings a wealth of experience in student development from her time at Lees-McRae, and that extensive professional and personal life experience set her apart from the other 62 applicants for the position,” the vice president said. “In addition, she holds an undergraduate liberal arts degree and was a Division III soccer player in those days, so she will easily relate, I believe, to the student experience at Maryville.”


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester is 1,168.