Profile – Taylor Thomas
Director of Alumni Student Recruitment and Scholarship
A native of Lexington, Tennessee, and a proud graduate of UT Knoxville, Taylor can belt out a tune while playing the guitar. These are skills that few know about the once UT Knoxville Ambassador Scholar, who left the Knoxville Office of Undergraduate Admissions, where his wife, Katy, works to join the alumni office. He will graduate in May with his master’s degree in College Student Personnel. Katy already has a master’s degree in religion from the University of Manchester, but she is working on another in social work at UT Knoxville. They both are mentors in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee program to twins Adarius and Adaisha. And they are proud furparents to Chloe and Lou.
When I grew up I wanted to be . . .
If I was gifted with a secret power it would be . . .
My job is . . .
To understand what I do, you must understand . . .
the value of philanthropy.
I advance the mission of the university by . . .
creating opportunities for our alumni to support our students and our students to connect with our alumni.
My life mantra is . . .
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
My theme song is . . .
“The Muse” by The Wood Brothers.
I learned the meaning of giving from . . .
Few know that I . . .
can sing and play guitar.