Doug Carter and Jessica White Phillips, two recent graduates of Maryville College, joined the College’s Admissions staff as admissions counselors Aug. 1.
At Maryville College, an admissions counselor is responsible for the coordination and implementation of recruitment efforts for prospective students, including attending recruiting events, cultivating leads and advising and providing comprehensive student support through the entire admissions application process, according to Dr. Dolph Henry, the College’s vice president for enrollment.
Henry said it is advantageous for prospective students to work with recent graduates through the college search process.
“In selecting a college, much of a student’s final decision comes down to individual fit. In other words, do prospective students feel that they ‘fit’ on a particular campus?’” he said. “By having Maryville College graduates in the Admissions Office, the concept of ‘fit’ can be more easily conveyed since graduates have lived that fit during their college career.”
Carter has worked in sales in the Knoxville area since graduating in 2009 with a bachelor of arts degree. He studied business and organization management while at Maryville and currently operates Mini Helmets by Doug, a business that he founded in 2006.
A former member of the College’s football team, Carter came to Maryville from McDonough, Ga., and the state of Georgia is one of his main recruiting areas for the College. His territory also includes portions of upper East Tennessee, West Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau, as well as Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.
Locally, Carter is assisting prospective students at Alcoa and Maryville Christian and some Knoxville high schools.
Phillips, who was captain of the College’s Equestrian Team before graduating in 2010, has spent the last year employed as a veterinary technician with Pinnacle Equine in Knoxville and as a children’s camp counselor at Blackberry Farm in Walland. She served on the student staff of the College’s Admissions Office from 2007 until 2009.
A 2006 graduate of William Blount High School, Phillips double-majored in history and religion and graduated cum laude.
Her territories include all of the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, as well as North Carolina and South Carolina. Locally, she is recruiting at William Blount and high schools in Loudon, Monroe and Knox counties.