Tom Sanders, Executive Director
Tom Sanders has been working in institutional advancement since 1987, when he became a grant writer for the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (now the Booth School of Business). He has served in a variety of capacities—publications manager, advancement writer, public relations officer, webmaster and web developer, developer of strategic programs, and grant writer—for Tusculum College, Holston United Methodist Home for Children, and, most recently, for the University of the South, where he has served for the better part of the last two decades.
Tom was born in nearby Lincoln County and has deep roots in Middle Tennessee. He is intimately familiar with the joys and challenges of rural life in the South. He lives with his wife Andrea—a professor at Chattanooga State Community College—in the Jumpoff community of Sewanee. He is an avid cyclist and enjoys repairing old bicycles and giving them to people who need them. He and Andrea are part of a kitchen table band, in which he plays mandolin and Andrea plays bass guitar. They have five children and two grandchildren.