Kathy Hipps, MSIS, Library Director

Office: Library 228, Phone Ext. 5123

Kathy Hipps, was promoted to Assistant Library Director/Chief Instruction Librarian in October 2013.  Mrs. Hipps began her library career at Tusculum in October 2002, when she was hired as Coordinator of Special Projects after being employed in local industry. Previously, she had worked for several years as the Competency Center manager at Tusculum.  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 the fall of 2007, she was promoted to Information Literacy Librarian/Assistant Cataloger, then to Library Director in 2015.

A native of Greene County, Mrs. Hipps is a long time member of Calvary Baptist Church. Her favorite activities include spending time with her husband, son and 3 grandchildren, Ray, Dakota and Crystal. Her family resides on a small farm in the Greystone community with their many animals.

Lelia Dykes, MSIS, Assistant Library Director/Reference and Instruction Librarian

Office: Library 234 Phone Ext. 5148

Born in Alabama and moving to Tennessee with her family in 2003, Lelia has always loved books and the atmosphere that a library held. After graduating from Chuckey-Doak High School she enrolled in Tusculum College, now University, and was eligible for the Work-study Program, in which she promptly applied for a position in the Thomas J. Garland Library. During all four years of her college career, she worked for the Garland Library and grew well acquainted with the staff members there.

Shortly after graduating from Tusculum with a Bachelor’s Degree in English: Literature Concentrate, she acquired a part-time job in downtown Greeneville, TN at the Greeneville/ Greene County Public Library and remained there for approximately one year. In October of 2013, Lelia was asked by the staff of the Thomas J. Garland Library to return to campus as a full time employee and she gladly accepted. In 2016 she completed her Masters in Information Science from the University of Tennessee. Lelia enjoys the occasional book, video games, tabletop games, drawing, knitting, and crocheting. She has even begun to incorporate her creativity in the Garland Library by adding decorations to help the building be more inviting and friendly. She lives with her husband and their four cats, Inigo, Freya, Binx, and Minerva.

Kayla Yates, Manager of Circulation Services

Office: Library 226 Phone Ext. 5262

Kayla is a native of Erwin, Tennessee. She is a 2017 Graduate of East Tennessee State University where she obtained a BS degree in Media and Communication. During her time at ETSU she worked at Charles C. Sherrod Library as a student worker. While doing so, she discovered her love for libraries. Before she became a part of Tusculum’s family, she interned for WJHL and worked retail for several years.

Kayla has an infinite love for all animals, especially her three cats (Jacob, Gimpy, and Priscilla). When she isn’t in the library, you can most often find her at home watching scary TV shows and movies. She also enjoys shopping, eating yummy food, and spending time with family and friends.

Donald Townsend, Circulation Coordinator

Office: Library 220 Phone Ext. 5801

Donald was born in Kentucky but raised in Greeneville, TN and is a graduate of Tusculum University class of 2019, with a BA in Political Science. While at Tusculum he started and ran several different clubs and organizations, while maintaining an honors status. He has always had a love for books and spend a good amount of his time reading. If he not reading you can find him playing my favorite game (Dungeons and Dragons) with his family and friends. Before working here he worked retail and food service.