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Parents Council

The Parents Council engages parents and families directly with students, administration, and other families to serve as ambassadors and advocates for the University of Tennessee.

2016-2017 Parents Council

Council members serve as liaisons, reflecting the views of parents and families to the administration and communicating with fellow parents and families about the university’s goals and plans. Members also help further the goals of the Parents & Families Fund through development and fundraising efforts.

The Parents Council consists of Parents Association members, with representatives from each graduating class at the university. Council Members support the Parents & Families Fund with a leadership gift, assist with planning and staffing Family Engagement events, and attend all Council meetings as representation of over 14,000 Parents Association members.

The Parents Council is hard at work fulfilling its purpose of fostering communication between the university and parents in order to improve the quality of the university experience for UT students and their parents.

Interested in joining the Parents Council? Email parents@utk.edu to receive an application.

Parents Council Requirements

To join, families must make a $1000 leadership gift each year. Leadership gifts are counted as tax-deductible gifts to the University’s Parents & Families Fund.

The Parents Council meets twice each year with the goal of serving Parents Association members and their students. During these meetings, Council members hear from campus administrators to convey the concerns of UT parents. Members are also recognized in electronic and print communications from the Office of Family Engagement.

Optional volunteer opportunities include:

  • Volunteer at family weekend events and orientation sessions
  • Assist in university recruiting efforts
  • Support campus programming and initiatives throughout the year
  • Plan and implement local engagement opportunities in your area
  • Participate in webinars and panels representing the voice of UT families

Parents Council Members

Elaine Boyd
Hendersonville, TN

Cheryl Brunette
Oakland, TN

Allan & Sonja Burk- Chairs
Murfreesboro, TN

Julie & Tom Carpenter
Nashville, TN

Elise & Ken Grossnickle
Phoenix, AZ

Laura & Michael Harty
Henderson, NV

Chris & Karen Ideker
Alpharetta, GA

Keith & Shirley Johnson
Jonesborough, TN

Sherry & Lynn Johnson
Dunlap, TN

Mike Mokros
Memphis, TN

Mary & Richard Scharff
Memphis, TN

Kiwayna & Trennie Williams
Memphis, TN

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