About Us

staffThe Office of New Student & Family Programs oversees all orientation and transition programs for new students and their families. We also provide services and information to parents and families through the Parents Association. Our programs include orientation, Welcome Week, Parents Association, Family Weekend events, and more.

Our office collaborates with campus and community partners to provide mentoring opportunities for new students, and we proudly employ undergraduate students to work with us in developmental leadership positions.

Our staff relies on numerous student leaders including Student Director Staff, Orientation Leaders, Welcome Leaders and who are responsible for the success of our programs.

Office Mission

The mission of New Student & Family Programs is to connect new students to the university community, inform students and parents of university resources, and create a system of support for families in order to impact student success from orientation through graduation.

Contact Us

New Student & Family Programs
412 Student Services Building
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-4546
Fax: 865-974-1373
orientation@utk.edu || parents@utk.edu


Emily Parker, Director
Patrick Ladd, Associate Director
Associate Director- Search underway click here for more information. 
Jamil Price, Assistant Director
Terri Williams, Accounting Specialist
Jenn Edwards, Administrative Specialist
James Kelly, Graduate Assistant
Brittany Acosta, Graduate Assistant

Student Staff

Dante Arnwine
Joey Clark
Jackie Cook
Collin Gatlin
Zac Hyder
Kaitlin Kelley
Zach Malone