Graduate Studies Staff


David L. Butler, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Research and Dean
(615) 898-5897

Kimberly Douglass, M.P.A., Ph.D.
Associate Dean
(615) 898-2068

Tara Hayes
Administrative Assistant to Dr. Butler
(615) 898-5897

Kevin Owen
Administrative Specialist
(615) 898-2068

Kathy Green

Accountant I
(615) 494-7869

Britt Young
Editor |
(615) 494-7630


Graduate Student Support Staff

Any of the following staff can help any student or program director/coordinator. For general information, dial (615) 898-2840 or email For more efficient service related to a specific student, please contact the following staff members:

Lyndsey Bennett
Graduate Analyst
(615) 898-5494

Elora Davis, M.P.S., M.A., CAP (currently on leave)
Graduate Analyst
(615) 898-2218

Melissa Houghton
Graduate Analyst
(615) 898-5352

Allison Pharris
Graduate Analyst
(615) 898-5589

Tongia Key
Analyst, International Graduate Enrollment
(615) 898-2843 


Ben Shupe
Immigration Graduate Specialist
(615) 494-7667