Christopher Stokes is the Academic Specialist for the Student Support Services (TRIO) at UTC. Chris is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, the third of seven children, and the first in his family to attend and graduate from a four-year college or university. He received his B.S. in Anthropology from UTC in 2003. He spent the next two years as a Resident Director with the UTC Residence Life Department. He has since served as the Coordinator for the Upward Bound Math Science (TRIO) Program for four and a half years. In January 2011, he accepted the role of Academic Specialist for SSS.“Stokes,” as students refer to him, brings a combined wealth of knowledge and resources, with over 6 years of professional experience. During this time, his primary roles have been in engaging and preparing project eligible students for the rigors of postsecondary entry, persistence, and advancement.