Director of Development, Tickle College of Engineering
Raised in Iowa, Adlai’s career path at UT started as a part-time manager for the Lady Vols rowing team while he was in graduate school. In 2008, he moved on to serve as a development assistant in what is now the Tennessee Fund, and in 2009, he joined the Tickle College of Engineering as the annual giving coordinator. Now serving as a director of development within the Tickle College, Adlai is also pursuing a doctoral degree from UT Chattanooga. Adlai, who loves to travel, is guaranteed an annual trip to Disney World thanks to his wife, Rachel, who is a UT Knoxville College of Law alumna.
When I grew up I wanted to be . . .
an anchor on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
If I was gifted with a secret power it would be . . .
flight. I am a window seat person who dislikes layovers, so flight would allow me to efficiently see more of the world.
My job is . . .
Director of Development II.
To understand what I do, you must understand . . .
that as individual alumni reflect on the quality of their overall student experiences, the value of their education and the impact that their UT education had on their professional opportunities, they are more open to conversations about becoming philanthropic-torchbearers in our institutional journey.
I advance the mission of the university by . . .
serving alumni and friends throughout a process of identifying how their philanthropic interests may also address either immediate or strategic funding needs in support of students, faculty or academic programs.
My life mantra is . . .
While it may not be my life mantra, I recently heard the following William Blake quote: “Without minute neatness of execution, the sublime cannot exist! Grandeur of ideas is founded on precision of ideas.”
My theme song is . . .
“New Song” by Howard Jones.
I learned the meaning of giving from . . .
growing up in a Midwestern town that is home to a top public research university. From a young age, I saw the impact of spaces and facilities that were recognized in honor of those whom had advanced a higher education environment through their generosity and I became familiar with the drawing power of endowed faculty positions, scholarships and fellowships.
Few know that I . . .
served as a part-time student manager for the Lady Vols rowing team while I was a UT graduate student.