CCM names new director of community engagement
Aug. 7, 2014
Amy Webb Gilliland was recently named director of community engagement in Maryville College’s Center for Campus Ministry. She began her duties at the College on Aug. 4.
As director of community engagement, Gilliland will be responsible for coordinating the College’s outreach to community agencies for the purpose of enriching student engagement in community service and preparation for lives of service in the not-for-profit sector. She will oversee placement for service-related scholarship programs and student internships with community agencies, as well as develop, carry out and support programs that underscore the connection between academics and service at the College.
Gilliland comes to Maryville College with experience in education, nonprofits and community service. She was director of Emerald University at Emerald Youth Foundation in Knoxville, where she developed, implemented and evaluated training courses for urban youth workers.
She also spent several years with the Corporation for National and Community Service, working with the agency’s AmeriCorps program, “which engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies and community and faith-based groups across the country,” according to the AmeriCorps website.
She held various positions, including Tennessee Commission on National and Community Service training officer, AmeriCorps college campus recruitment representative and AmeriCorps National Rapid Response Corps coordinator. Most recently, she was a middle school science teacher and compliance manager at Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Knoxville.
She earned a bachelor of science degree in liberal arts from the University of Tennessee, where she also earned a master’s degree in education with a concentration in college student personnel. Her thesis topic was “Integrating Service-Learning at Appalachian State University: A Case Study.”
“Amy brings a wide range of experience in both education and the non-profit world,” said the Rev. Dr. Anne McKee, campus minister at Maryville College. “She is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the benefits of community engagement for both students and agencies. I am very excited to have her join us at the College.”
By Chloe Kennedy, Assistant Director of Communications
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 2014 semester is 1,213.