Human Resources Staff

Carol Houser

Assistant Vice President, Human Resources
(865) 974-4686

Carol has oversight of all matters related to the human resources office. Primary responsibilities include Talent Management, Compensation, and Operations.

Carol joined the UT Foundation in September of 2011 as an HR Specialist.  She served as the Director of Human Resources from July 2013 until September 2017, when promoted to her current role. Prior to joining the Foundation, Carol worked at the Graduate School of Medicine for 10 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business and Distributive Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Carol is a member of Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Society for Human Resource Management, and Tennessee Valley Human Resource Association. Carol enjoys time spent with family and creating art of various mediums.

Jennifer Wynn

Assistant Director Human Resources

As the Assistant Director of HR, Jennifer oversees the Talent Acquisition process and acts as the Employee Benefits Liaison.

Jennifer is passionate about human resources and the impact they can have on culture and performance as a business partner in an organization. Jennifer has her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management. Jennifer brings to the organization over ten years of combined experience in human resources, project management, leading teams, mentoring, and standardization. She is a member of Society for Human Resources Management, Tennessee Valley Human Resources Association, and Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Her outside passions are kayaking, travel, and simply being outdoors in the sunshine with friends and family.

Rachel McNutt

Advancement Assistant
(865) 974-2470

Rachel supports senior HR staff with search process coordination, onboarding, and records management.

Rachel is a 2014 UTK alumna, having earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a major in Human Resource Management. Like Carol and Jennifer, Rachel is also a member of Society for Human Resource Management.  As an undergrad, she considered owning her own business or becoming a lawyer, and she was interested in psychology as well.   She was later drawn to HR because it incorporated her varied professional interests.  She continues to be excited by the opportunities and challenges that are ever present in the field of HR and that continue to shift and shape the workplace. Rachel genuinely cares not only about the well-being and development of people, but for animals as well. She is an advocate for animal rescue and adoption, and shares her home with two former shelter dogs–– Sophie and Mary-Jane.


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