Gourley promoted to assistant dean of students

Gourley promoted to assistant dean of students

Aug. 31, 2017

Kristin Gourley has been promoted to assistant dean of students at Maryville College.

Gourley, who joined the College in 2004 as a student activities intern, served as director of student involvement from 2005 until 2012, then director of campus life from 2012 until her promotion to assistant dean on June 1, 2017.

As director of campus life, she oversaw personnel and operations for the College’s eight residence halls and supervised 50 student organizations.

In her new role, Gourley is overseeing counseling and health services, parent and new student orientation, the leadership development program, multicultural services and student programming. She also oversees the College’s Student Intervention Team, Student Government Association and Military Student Center.

Dr. Melanie V. Tucker, Maryville College’s vice president and dean of students who joined the College in March, said the decision about whom to hire was clear soon after Allison Norris vacated the position last Spring.

“As I met with students, faculty and staff this spring, I repeatedly heard what a student-centered perspective Kristin brings to her work. This was evidenced during my interview process and again through my transition to campus. Kristin is a true student affairs professional who daily exemplifies putting students at the forefront of all we do. Her passion for and commitment to Maryville College is evident in all that she does,” Tucker said. “When the opportunity arose to identify a new assistant dean of students, it was clear to me that what was needed for students and the future of our division already existed in Kristin. With strong support from other senior leaders on campus, I was thrilled to appoint her to fill this role.”

Gourley holds a master’s degree in college student personnel from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a bachelor’s degree in business administration (accounting) from UT. She was UT’s Parents Association graduate assistant from 2002 until 2004.

Gourley is a member of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honors society and National Residence Hall Honorary.

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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 2017 semester is 1,181.