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Date: 2/17/2021

Slavick named executive director of strategic initiatives at MC

Christy McDonald Slavick, director of the Maryville College Career Center, has been named executive director of strategic initiatives at Maryville College. She will officially begin her duties on Feb. 22.  

In this newly created position, Slavick will support the MC president and the entire campus community in the development, operationalization and actualization of strategic initiatives that advance the mission and goals of the College.

With an ability to conceptualize strategic opportunities and a proclivity for on-the-ground project management, Slavick will provide leadership in creating and implementing substantive initiatives that promote the life, direction and sustainability of the College. Slavick will also serve as a representative of the College’s president both on and beyond campus, playing a critical role in the College’s key relationships and alliances within Blount County, East Tennessee and beyond.

Maryville College President Dr. Bryan Coker made the announcement in a memo distributed to the campus community on Feb. 5.

“Christy’s established reputation and record both on and off campus, as a proven cultivator of relationships, initiatives and partnerships makes her the ideal candidate for this role,” Coker said. “She knows and loves the College and this region and has the advantage of so many doors throughout the area already being open to her, all of which will enable Christy to truly hit the ground running.”

Slavick, who is originally from Maryville, joined the College’s staff in 2014 as the director of career resources. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Carson-Newman University and a master of arts degree in American studies with a concentration in museum and material culture from George Washington University.

In 2015, she was promoted to the director of the Career Center. In that role, Slavick led efforts to move the Career Center to Bartlett Hall’s second floor. The main functions of her job included career development curriculum, external partnership relations, marketing, outcomes data and administration.

Additionally, she serves as a board member for the Downtown Maryville Association, a member of the STEM Workforce Development Committee at the Blount Partnership, a member of Maryville College’s Strategic Partnership Group and a choir member at St. James Episcopal Church in Knoxville, Tenn.