Legacies follow parents, grandparents to Maryville College

Sept. 1, 2010
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications
865.981.8207; karen.eldridge@maryvillecollege.edu

When he moved into “Dorm III” on the Maryville College campus back in 1980, Tommy Brown ‘84 probably never dreamed that he would one day help a son unpack in the same residence hall.

But on Aug. 18, he did – alongside wife Karen Shafer Brown ‘85. The couple brought son Hayden Brown ’14 to campus from their home in Boone, N.C., and before the sun set, they saw Hayden embark on his own Maryville College experience as a member of the Class of 2014.

Karen was a Sign Language Interpreting major who was active in theatre. Tommy was an English major and speech/theatre minor who was active in theatre, choir and student programming. The two remember their time at Maryville fondly and hope Hayden will have similar experiences.

“ … I’m way excited about my son coming into this environment, to this place and hopefully having similar experiences, but 20-some years later, [I’m excited about Hayden] having lots of new experiences and being engaged in a lot of new ways,” Tommy said standing outside Dorm III (now called “Copeland Hall”) on Freshman Move-In Day.

Hayden, a 2010 graduate of Watauga High School, said his parents had brought him to Maryville frequently over the years, but he came to campus sans Mom and Dad in 2007 to participate in the College’s Summer Youth Get-a-Way. It was at about that time that he started to consider the alma mater of his parents for his own undergraduate experience.

He considered Appalachian State University, where Tommy – the Rev. Tommy Brown – serves as the Presbyterian Campus Minister. Ultimately, though, he decided Maryville was a better fit.

“I think I decided I really just wanted to go to a small liberal arts college,” he said. “That’s where I thought I’d be most comfortable, and that’s where I thought I could branch out and learn and have good experiences.”

Awarded one of two Isaac Anderson Fellowship for Church Leaderships in the Class of 2014, Hayden will be active in campus ministry activities of the College. He is also a member of the College’s cross-country team.

In all, 12 members of the Class of 2014 are legacies, meaning they are direct descendents of former Maryville College students. In addition to Hayden Brown, freshman legacies include:

Legacies may qualify for the Maryville College Legacy Award, which is worth up to $2,500 per academic year. For more information, visit the Financial Aid section of the Maryville College web site.


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.