Staff Biographies

Jack Smith  Charles Tunstall  Marsha Griffith   Kathy Hipps  Carolyn Parker

Jonathan  Ballinger, Coordinator, Technical Services, Knoxville
Office: Knoxville Regional Center,  Phone Ext. 5036

Jonathan Ballinger graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1996 with a B.A. in English (Creative Writing concentration) and a B.A. in Anthropology. He recently received his Master of Arts in Human Resource Development from Tusculum College.   He worked for the Knox County Public Library System in positions of increasing responsibility for seven years, including four years as a Branch Manager.  After spending a year employed as a Team Leader for a non-profit agency that provides services to mentally handicapped adults, he began working at the Knoxville Campus library for Tusculum in the Fall of 2005.  


Elaine Gorman,  Coordinator, Circulation Services  Knoxville
Office:  Knoxville Regional Center, Phone Ext. 5015

Elaine Gorman is an adult educator with a degree in Comparative Literature from The City College of New York .


Marsha Griffith,  Asst. Professor of Library Science, Public Services Librarian, Greeneville
Office:  Library 230; Phone Ext. 5122

Ms Griffith has worked at the Tusculum Library since July 2001.  She earned her Bachelors of Music Education and Masters of Music from Morehead State University, Morehead, KY.  She earned  her Masters of Science in Information Science from  the University of Tennessee in 2006. Her responsibilities include supervising library student workers,  maintaining the library book collection and print periodicals, and providing reserve and circulation services to the TC community. You will most likely see her most if you visit the library in the evenings.  

A native of Greenup, KY, Marsha was an elementary music teacher in Ashland, KY.  She later lived in San Diego, CA for 15 years where she was a full time professional musician, singing and playing the piano.  Upon moving back to eastern Kentucky, Marsha continued to perform in the region and also owned and operated Griffith Silk Screen in Greenup, KY before becoming a librarian. She worked as an Information Specialist at the Boyd Co. Public Library in Ashland, KY

She is an amateur film historian with a library of over 500 books and films on the history of classic Hollywood cinema.  She and her partner, drummer Amy Saxonmeyer, perform throughout the Tri-Cities region as the musical group “The Smooth Sounds of Route 66”.  Also a lover of old cars and everything retro, you may see Miss Griffith driving to work in her vintage 1961 Ford Falcon Station Wagon or in her 1963 Ford Falcon Futura Convertible.

Mary Halliburton,  Asst. Professor of Library Science, Library Administrator,   Knoxville
Office: Knoxville Regional Center,  Phone Ext. 5016

Ms Halliburton joined the library staff in 2002 as the Library Administrator for the new branch library at the Knoxville Regional Center. She has a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Tennessee and was a school library media specialist prior to joining Tusculum.


Kathy Hipps,  Asst. Professor of Library Science, Information Literacy Librarian,   Greeneville
Office:  Library 220 Phone Ext. 5123
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Kathy Hipps rejoined the Tusculum staff in October 2002 as Coordinator of Special Projects in the library after working in local industry here in Greeneville. Previously, Kathy worked at Tusculum as the Competency Center manager for several years.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management through the  Tusculum College Professional Studies program in 1995 and her Master of Science in Information Science from University of Tennessee in 2007.  In Fall of 2007 she was promoted to her present position in the library.   She is responsible for providing library orientation and information literacy instruction sessions to students on the Residential Campus.   She also works behind the scenes cataloging new materials for the library collection. 

A native of  Greene County, Mrs. Hipps is an active member of Calvary Baptist  Church and Sunday School teacher for the Teen Class.  She enjoys her 3 grandchildren, horseback riding,  gardening, and bargain hunting.  She and her husband reside in Camp Creek near their son, daughter in law,  3 grandchildren and Hobie, Apple Jack and Flirt (the last 3 being horses, of course). 


Carolyn Parker,   Coordinator, Technical Services, Greeneville
Office: Library 220 Phone Ext. 5262

Carolyn Parker has been an invaluable member of the library staff since 1984.   A native of Greene County,  she worked for several years with  the family agricultural business which picked up and transported raw milk from local area dairy farms to Knoxville to be pasteurized.  In 1982 she was the first person to become a member of the Tusculum College Library Volunteers organized by then Library Director, Cleo Treadway and coordinated by Ms. Judy Rhea.   Soon after,  she was hired and became a library assistant in February 1984.   

In 1990 she became Coordinator of Technical Services.  She is responsible for making new materials added to the Garland library collection shelf ready for circulation.   Occasionally you will see her smiling face at the front desk providing reference assistance.

An avid reader and local history buff,  Ms. Parker can also often be found during the summer at the local baseball park cheering on the Greeneville Astros.   Her favorite movies are Gone with the Wind and The Sound of Music.  She is a cat lover and adopted a beautiful shaded silver Persian named Jasmine who had won many awards in cat shows.  Jasmine lived to be 15 years old and sadly, passed away in 2005. Ms. Parker has since adopted a lively little toy poodle named CJ.  Ms. Parker enjoys spending time with her sisters and extended family and attending museums and area musical and cultural events.

Myron J. "Jack" Smith, Jr., Professor of Library Science and History, Director of Garland Library
Office: Library 233, Phone Ext. 5260

A professional librarian and historian since 1966, Myron J. "Jack" Smith, Jr., Professor of Library Science and History, came to Tusculum College in 1990 after a 15-year tenure as Library Director and Professor of Library Science and History at Salem College (now Salem-International University) in West Virginia. Active in his profession, the director, with his small dedicated staff, works diligently to improve library resource and access opportunities for the Tusculum community. A major component of this approach centers on cooperation, collaboration, and electronic access for TC with a variety of other local libraries, most notably the Greeneville-Greene County Public Library, Walters State Community College, East Tennessee State, and the University of Tennessee.

Prof. Smith is also an internationally known author and bibliographer on subjects ranging in topic from airlines to Watergate and from baseball to the U.S. Civil War. The author of 80 volumes of bibliography and history, Smith has been the recipient of a variety of honors and awards for his work. In 1993, he received the Nelson Ross Award from the Professional Football Writers Association. In 1994, he joined with Dr. Donal J. Sexton to prepare Glimpses of Tusculum: A Pictorial History of Tusculum College, which was followed several years later by his profile in Tusculumnus of the U.S.S. Wyalusing, the Civil War gunboat for which the college bell was originally cast. Smith remains the only American to have received the Richard Franck Preis for historical bibliography from the German government.

The Library Director and his wife Dennie reside north of Greeneville on a small feline farm with 9 cats, in order of seniority: Cop Car, Flynn, CutiePie, Gray, Chuba, and Smooch and his dog, Buddy.

Charles Tunstall,   Asst. Professor of Library Science, Reference/Instructional Services Librarian,  Greeneville
Library 228, Phone Ext.  5124

Mr. Tunstall came to Tusculum in 1981. He holds an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Tennessee and a BA in Sociology from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee.   Charles provides reference assistance and processes interlibrary loan requests manning the front desk as needed.  You will also find him providing library orientations sessions for new students in the Residential program.   In addition to his duties in the library, Mr. Tunstall has taught Public Speaking and Guitar on an adjunct basis for the College. 

He enjoys music, especially arranging sacred and gospel music for guitar, accompanying his wife when she sings. Other interests include music (most all types), photography, writing (Mr. Tunstall has had several stories published), and antique automobiles.  His wife's name is Susan, and they have two daughters and five grandchildren. They make their home with their dog Sierra and cat Gracie.

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