Jeannie Hopper

Director of Residential Education

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The experiences you gain while growing and learning on a college campus cannot be duplicated elsewhere.

The freedom to become the person you are meant to be, the ability to interact with people who inspire you, the privilege of achieving success under the guidance of people who challenge you to be your best, and the convenience of having constant access the exact people, resources, and support you need at any time you need them are simply unparalleled. Living on campus allows you to immerse yourself in all the positive experiences of college.

As a first-generation college student who paid my own way through school with scholarships and loans, living in campus housing and working for residential life made my success in college and beyond possible. 


I do this work because I know I can make a difference.  I can point directly at the people who helped guide me at each milestone of my life, and I feel called to do the same for others. -Jeannie

Little did you know

I am a HUGE baseball and softball fan! I cannot attend a game without keeping score, though, so if you go to a game with me, be prepared for me to totally ignore you while I keep full statistics and mark every ball and strike in my personal score book. Geaux Tigers!

Oh, the places I've been 

I am a survivor of stage IV squamous cell carcinoma (tongue cancer). While it was one of the most terrifying times of my life, it was also one of the most rewarding experiences as I learned so much about the resiliency and power of the human body – and the human capacity for gratitude and love. I now serve as a mentor for cancer patients through both MD Anderson Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society.

If I didn't have this job, what would I do?

I would probably be an English professor.  I have an intense love of Shakespeare and classic literature. I studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon and London while in college, and still have that little itch to get into the classroom and dive into the imaginative beauty of his comedies, tragedies, and historical plays. Maybe one day… 


MA, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
BA, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Contact Jeannie 
211 Grace King Hall