Christopher Stokes is a native of Nashville,Tennessee and the first in his family to attend and graduate from a four year university. He received  his B.S. in Anthropology and Sociology from UTC in 2003. He has served the university in various roles as a Resident Director with the University Residence Life Department, Coordinator for the Upward Bound Math Science (TRIO) Program, staff advisor for numerous student organizations, and currently as the Academic Specialist for the Student Support Services (TRIO) Program. "Stokes," as students refer to him, brings a combined wealth of knowledge and resources, with over 10 years of experience. During that time his primary roles have been to engage and prepare under-represented students for the rigors of post-secondary entry, persistence, and advancement.