Marcus Hilliard

Marcus Hilliard

University of Tennessee

Senior Associate Athletics Director/Chief of Staff

Hometown: Oxford, MS

What is your vision for Knoxville 10 years from now?

My vision for Knoxville 10 years from now will be to continue to be a place of innovation and equality. The world is constantly changing and as a result we should be innovative in every industry we have to showcase true growth. In addition, equality should always lead the way whenever we make our decisions both economically and socially.

What is Knoxville’s Best Kept Secret?

Knoxville’s best kept secret is Bit Burger, I love that place!

What would you do to strengthen Knoxville?

In an effort to strengthen Knoxville, I would continue to find ways to invest in amplifying and enhancing the diversity in and around the city. We have a very unique city and it’s only as strong as the people in it. We need to take advantage of this as it will encourage more people to continue relocating and help our city grow.

What is your favorite Knoxville memory?

My favorite Knoxville memory has a good shade of orange to it – this past year’s football win over Alabama will live in my brain until the end of time. It was indeed a great night in Knoxville!

What is your favorite book or what book is currently on your nightstand?

The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon

What is the best advice you have received from a mentor, and who was that mentor?

Leave a place better than you found it – My father

What advice would you give to your 16 year old self?

Trust the process and keep the faith

Marcus Hilliard