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  • David Saroka

    Category: C-N Club Soccer

    Position: Secretary


  • Sylvia Sawyer

    Category: Library

    Position: Acquisitions & Gov. Docs. Assistant

    Campus Phone: 865-471-4847


  • Morgan Scott

    Category: Athletics

    Position: Women's Soccer - Graduate Assistant


  • Allison Scripa

    Category: Library

    Position: Reference and Instruction Librarian

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3338


  • Richard Scruggs

    Category: Music

    Position: Associate Professor of Music - Saxophone/Theory/Chamber Winds

    Campus Phone: 865.471.3435

    Campus Box: 71934


    Personal Website:

    Dr. Richard Scruggs is a Tennessee native and received his first saxophone instruction in the public schools of Huntsville, Alabama. For several years a student of the eminent saxophone soloist and pedagogue Sigurd Raschèr. He later earned the Doctor of Music Degree in Saxophone Performance at The Florida State University (1992). He enjoyed an 8-year tenure on the faculty of the Tübinger Musikschule in Germany before returning to America in 2001.

    At Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee, his duties include teaching saxophone and music theory. As a teacher, Dr. Scruggs has been highly successful in Europe and America, including seven national prizewinners in Germanys prestigious Jugend-Musiziert performance competition. He has served on the faculties of The Florida State University and the University of Southern Mississippi. As a writer, he has authored biographies of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Duke Ellington for the Open Ear 20th Century Resource Project, a school music curriculum project funded by the Florida Department of State. He has performed widely in America, Germany, Sweden, and Poland as soloist and chamber musician on a number of CDs and in well-known concert venues and festivals, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York City), the Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Sophiensaal (Munich), the Internationale-Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Darmstadt), and the Festival der Seltenen Besetzungen (Ludwigsburg).

  • Tara Scruggs

    Category: Music

    Position: Adjunct Instructor of Music - Clarinet/Theory

    Campus Phone: 865.471.3423

    Campus Box: 71934


    Dr. Tara Scruggs earned the Doctor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from The Florida State University, and also performs as pianist. She studied for two years as a grant recipient at the Vienna Conservatory in the class of Professor Roger Salander (former Vienna Philharmonic clarinetist). She has served as principal clarinet in several orchestras, including the the Tübinger Sinfonietta (Germany), the arcademia sinfonica (Germany), and the Vienna Conservatory Orchestra (Austria). She has extensive solo and chamber music experience as both performer and coach in Austria, Germany, and America. In 1994, she was a guest artist at the residence of the American Ambassador to Austria. She can be heard in recordings of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (GA) and the arcademia sinfonica (Germany). Her students have been notably successful, winning numerous competitions in Germany and America. In school years 2002-03 and 2003-04, 70% of her clarinet section at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida were members of Florida All-State Bands and Orchestras. Originally from Illinois.

    Dr. Scruggs earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from Western Illinois University and also studied at the University of Illinois. From 1993-2001 she taught clarinet and chamber music at the music school in Mössingen, Germany. In fall 2004, Dr. Scruggs joined the music faculty at Carson-Newman University as Instructor of Clarinet and Music Theory.

  • Danette Seale

    Category: Financial Assistance

    Position: Director of Financial Assistance

    Campus Phone: (865) 471-3247


  • Mike Seale

    Category: Health Pre-Professions

    Position: Associate Professor, Physics

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3261

    Campus Box: 71905

    Personal Website:

    Office: Dougherty Science Center, room 101A

    HP Advising areas: PT, Optometry

    Mike Seale joined Carson-Newman in 2004. He received his B.A. from Wabash College and M.S. and Ph.D. from The College of William and Mary. Prior to coming to Carson-Newman, he served as an Assistant Professor of Physics at Marietta College for three years and as head of the Physics Department at Thomas Nelson Community College for two years. He has also worked as a National Research Council Associate at NASA Langley Research Center for two years where he was involved with the High-Speed Research program. His main research interests are in ultrasonic materials evaluation (non-destructive evaluation). In his younger days, and before two surgeries, he spent all of his free time playing competitive volleyball. He now spends time in his shop doing woodworking when he is not busy at the College.

  • Jill Seals

    Campus Phone: 471-3359

  • Dee Dee Sherrod

    Category: Registrar's Office

    Position: Adminstrative Assistant

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3242

    Campus Box: 71985


  • Katrina Shipley

    Category: Orientation

    Position: Orientation Coordinator


  • Allie Smith

    Category: Orientation

    Position: Orientation Leader



    Twitter: @allie_smith

  • Andrew Smith

    Category: Religion, Undergraduate

    Position: Assistant Professor of Religion

    Campus Phone: (865) 471-3243

    Campus Box: 72040


    B. A., Carson-Newman College (2002)

    M. Div., Mercer University (2005)

    M. A., Vanderbilt University (2008)

    Ph. D., Vanderbilt University (2011)

    Andrew came to Carson-Newman in 2011. He teaches courses in church history and Baptist history and directs the Oxford Studies Program. He was ordained at Towne View Baptist Church in Kennesaw Georgia in 2004 and has served there and at the First Baptist Church of Columbus, Georgia as well. He is married to Pamela and has one child, Elizabeth. He enjoys reading and spending time with his family.

  • Elaine Smith , MBA

    Category: Treasurer's Office

    Position: Controller

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3208

    Campus Box: 71983


  • Glenda Smith

    Category: English Language Institute

    Position: Instructor

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3543

    Campus Box: 71953


    Ms. Glenda Smith joined the ELI faculty in the fall of 2013. Prior to that, she taught ESOL in the Adult Education Department of Pellissippi State Community College for seven years. She is a Carson-Newman graduate with a BA in English and Secondary Education. She did graduate studies at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has broad experience working with internationals and programs including a past position as an advisor in the Study Abroad Program at the American University in Washington, D.C.

    Ms. Smith is currently teaching Level 1 and Level 3 Speaking & Listening.

  • Leah Smith

    Category: Treasurer's Office

    Position: Cashier/Student Accounts

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3209

    Campus Box: 71983


  • Mark Smith

    Category: Athletics

    Position: Men's Soccer - Asst. Coach

  • John Sonnen

    Category: Information Technology

    Position: Help Desk Coordinator / Data Entry Clerk

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3506

    Campus Box: C-N Box 72063


    After a few years as a high school history and geography teacher, I served
    as a college administrator in the field of Student Life/Student Affairs for
    17 years. When I moved my family to Jefferson City, I transitioned to a
    career as an Information Technology professional and manager working
    with and for colleges and universities. After 23 years in I.T., I retired in
    April 2013 and moved back to Jefferson City.  Though I lived out of state
    for many years due to my career, Tennessee is my home, and I always
    hoped to return. 

    I spend volunteer time each week  at the Jefferson Rural Clinic, a medical
    clinic for low income residents of Jefferson and Grainger counties.  I am a
    member of, and regularly attend, the First Baptist Church in Jefferson City.

  • Ken Sparks

    Category: Athletics

    Position: Head Coach - Football

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3361


  • Canaan Stanley

    Category: Orientation

    Position: Orientation Leader



    Twitter: @CanaanStanley

  • Ashlyn Stanton

    Category: Student Chaplaincy Program

    Position: Burnett Student Chaplain


  • Alden Starnes

    Category: Mathematics & Physics

    Position: Associate Professor of Mathematics; Football PA Announcer

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3264

    Campus Box: 72037


    Personal Website:

    Office: DSC 113D

    Alden Starnes joined the C-N Math Faculty in August 2001.  His special areas of interest are Statistics, Real Analysis and Linear Algebra, and he has a passion for Dual Enrollment students.  Additionally, he plays intramural football at C-N, is the football PA announcer and serves as Deacon, SS teacher and 6th string pianist at Mill Springs Baptist Church.  In his spare time he enjoys fantasy football by managing the Cave ECG in the Blue Ridge Football Association.  He holds Statistics and Mathematics degrees from Carson-Newman College, Virginia Tech and the University of Kentucky.

  • Greg Stephens , LTC

    Category: Army R.O.T.C.

    Position: Professor of Military Science

    Campus Phone: (865) 471-3384

    Campus Box: CNC Box 720003 Jefferson City, TN 37760



    LTC Greg Stephens is a native of Cedar Hill, Missouri.  Upon graduating from high school, he entered the United State Military Academy, West Point, New York in June 1989.  He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in May of 1993 in the Armor Branch.

    His previous assignments include: Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina (1994-1997); Headquarters Troop Commander, 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 10th Mountain Division (1998-2000); AC/RC Cavalry Observor/Controller Chief, Fort Drum, New York (2000-2001); Electrical Engineering/Computer Science Instructor, West Point, New York (2003-2006); Brigade Assistant Operations Officer, 4th  Brigade Combat Team, 82d Airborne Division (2006-2007); Operations and Executive Officer, 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division (2007-2009); Brigade Operations and Executive Officer Forward, 4BCT, 82d Airborne Division (2009-2010); Assistant Brigade Operations Officer, 4th Brigade ROTC, Fort Bragg, NC (2010-2011); Professor of Military Science, Carson Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee (2011-Present).

    LTC Stephens deployments include Operation Enduring Freedom VIII (RC-East) from 2007 to 2008 and OEF X (RC-West) from 2009 to 2010.

    LTC Stephens holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy, Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas.  His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Scout Platoon Leaders Course, Engineer Officer Advance Course, Combined Arms Service Staff School, and the US Army Command and General Staff College.

    His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal.  His badges and tabs include the Senior Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Combat Action Badge, and the Ranger Tab.

    LTC Stephens is married to the former Cassandra Carpenter of Lewisville, Arkansas, his bride of 17 years.  They have three sons, Stone (12), Cody (10), and Lowe (8).

  • Valerie Stephens , MBA

    Category: Graduate and Adult Admissions

    Position: Chief Information Officer

    Campus Phone: 865-471-4727

    Campus Box: 71989


    In addition to her role as leader for Carson-Newman's Information Technology Department, Valerie is responsible for directing, planning, and operations of for the Center of Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS). 

    Valerie brings to Carson-Newman over twenty six years working with computer technology and online learning.  Experienced in higher education, k-12 education she specializes in establishing strategy for short and long term institutional direction in the areas of technology, online, and adult education.

  • Josh Stone , Dr.

    Category: C-N Club Soccer

    Position: Club Coach/Professor of Biology

    Campus Phone: 471-3251


  • Kara E. Stooksbury , Ph.D.

    Category: History and Political Science

    Position: Chair, Department of History, Political Science and Sociology. Associate Professor of Political Science

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3556

    Campus Box: 71959


    Personal Website:

  • Sonny Strange

    Category: Religion, Undergraduate

    Position: Adjunct Professor

    Campus Phone: (865) 471-3272

    Campus Box: 71899

  • Peggy Stroud

    Campus Phone: 471-3214 or 471-2032

  • Gracie Stroup

    Category: Physical Education

    Position: Adjunct Faculty

    Campus Phone: (865) 471-3304

    Campus Box: 71897


    Mrs. Gracie Stroup is an adjunct instructor who teaches Wellness, Teaching Team Sport and Teaching Individual and Dual Sports. She received her B.S. in Physical Education from Carson Newman and M.S. in Physical Education from the University of Tennessee. The majority of her illustrious teaching and administrative career was at Meadowville Middle School at which she served in the following capacities: physical education instructor, department chair, athletic director as well as girls' basketball and track coach.

    She has professional memberships in TAHPERD, the American Alliance for Health and the Tennessee Education Association. Furthermore, she is an avid Lady Vols fan and cycling enthusiast.

  • Suzanne Strudwick

    Campus Phone: 471-4983

  • Melissa Summey

    Category: Global Education

    Position: Assistant Director, Center for Global Education

    Campus Phone: 865-471-4153

    Campus Box: 71954


    Melissa coordinates special programs which include study abroad, International Club, and assisting with small groups coming from other countries for mini terms in English and American Culture. While a student at Carson-Newman, Melissa spent time overseas during each of her summer breaks. Following her graduation from Carson-Newman, she lived in China before returning to work in the Center for Global Education.  Melissa has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carson-Newman and a Master of Science degree from Drexel University.

  • Henry Suters

    Category: Mathematics & Physics

    Position: Associate Professor of Mathematics

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3265

    Campus Box: 72037


    Office: DSC 113C

    Henry Suters joined the C-N Math Faculty in 1994. He holds a double major in Mathematics and Physics from Berea College, a M.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from Duke University and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. His academic interests include Differential Equations, Numerical Analysis, Applied Mathematics, and Computer Science. Henry is active in Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville where he serves as chair of the Sterchi Lodge committee. His hobbies include woodworking and home improvement.

  • Sue Swilley

    Category: Music

    Position: Professor Emerita - Flute

    Campus Phone: 865.471.3331

    Campus Box: 72048