Harris named MC's new alumni director

Harris named MC’s new alumni director

Nov. 9, 2018


Maryville College’s Advancement Division recently welcomed Angie Harris as the new director of alumni affairs. Harris, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Tech and a master’s degree in community development from Peabody College/Vanderbilt University, began her work at the College Nov. 5.

She replaces Angela Miller, who left full-time work with the College in August but continued on a part-time basis through the recent Homecoming Weekend.

As the director of alumni affairs, Harris’s responsibilities include planning and implementing alumni programs, including Homecoming and on-campus volunteer opportunities, as well as off-campus social and professional networking gatherings. She also supports development initiatives such as the Maryville Fund campaign and Senior Gift program to increase giving and participation by alumni.

As the liaison between the College and the College’s national alumni association, Harris works closely with the alumni board president and serves as the point of contact for the national alumni association and alumni chapters across the country. As the liaison between the Office of Advancement and the Office of Admissions, Harris works with the vice president for admissions and financial aid to coordinate alumni/student recruitment programs.

Prior to joining the College’s staff, Harris worked with the Dollywood Foundation in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and the Tennessee Language Center in Nashville.

As director of international programs for the Dollywood Foundation’s Imagination Library from 2015 until 2018, Harris directed and managed all aspects of the program in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and Belize and piloted an Imagination Library in South Africa. She also developed orientation and training programs for new employees in the United Kingdom. Following the 2016 Great Smoky Mountains wildfires, Harris recruited and managed more than 300 volunteers for Parton’s My People Fund relief efforts.

As the 16-year director of English as a second language and teaching (ESL/TESL) with the Tennessee Language Center, Harris led a team of more than 40 instructors and oversaw four different programs for adults in the areas of language acquisition, language instruction and professional development.

Harris’s resume also includes work and service in three different countries: Papua New Guinea, South Korea and Nepal.

 “Angie’s spirit of volunteerism is rooted in her experience as a Peace Corps volunteer, and she brings to the College great work experience in volunteer and event management, as well as a strong educational and social media background,” said Suzy Booker, the College’s vice president for institutional advancement. “We are delighted to have her on board.”

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 2018 semester is 1,154.