Hometown: Nashville, TN
Degrees: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Human Resource Management from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville & Master’s Degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs from Florida State University
What are some things that make you unique: I am married and have two children: Harper (March 2017) and Nora (March 2018). They make life an adventure every day, and you will see them roaming around the building in the evenings since I live on-campus.
What do you enjoy doing around Chattanooga: I enjoy going anywhere where there’s green grass to walk around and enjoy the beautiful weather! Coolidge Park, the River Walk, and Chamberlain Field are three of my favorite spots. I have an annual membership to the Tennessee Aquarium (which pays for itself with 2 visits per year) and love going to the Chattanooga Market on Sundays when it is open.
What is your advice to residents/students: 1) Take responsibility for your actions and decisions. It’s okay to make mistakes so long as you reflect and learn how to be better from them. 2) Learn to be independent and to seek out what you like and recognize what you do not like. 3) Do not compare your experience to that of your peers and those who you idealize on social media. Most of the world shows only their good side, and it can be emotionally draining to think that everyone has college and life figured out except for you. The truth is that everyone is struggling, and those who feel comfortable enough to share their struggles with others can get the assistance they need to be a better individual. My promise is that my staff and I will create an environment that allows all students to be comfortable with who they are and what they are going through. I am always available to listen and support students during the work day, and my staff is available to listen and support students in the evenings.
What is your advice to outgoing upperclassmen: Strive to become the person you idealize. The end of college is only the beginning of your journey to self-discovery. Don’t assume that you become a different person by walking across a graduation stage (even though it is a tremendous accomplishment). The ideals and values you held in college will stay with you after graduation if you do not make intentional efforts to change them. Ensure that your moral character, those with whom you surround yourself, and your work ethic are all in check, and you will transition successfully!