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Tommy Brown

Academic Advisor for the Departments of Geography and Political Science


Knoxville, TN


Running, hiking, watching sports, playing bass guitar, and family time.


BS in Bible and Youth Ministry, Johnson University, Knoxville TN

MS in Higher Education Administration, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN

Educational Philosophy

I see education as both a right and a privilege: a right in that it should be equitably available to all, but a privilege in that it should not be void of accountability. The pursuit of knowledge for its own sake objectifies it and reduces it to a commodity. The true value in knowledge is revealed by what you do with it, or more appropriately, what it does with you. Do you allow it to lead you to something higher or deeper than yourself? When the pursuit of knowledge leads to the discovery of truth, then knowledge has fulfilled its purpose.

Favorite Quote

“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.”

“The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.”

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”

- C.S. Lewis

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