As a student services specialist in the Office of the University Registrar, Gail Mills is the central contact for academic departments working on their timetable of course offerings each term.
In addition to ensuring that over 5,000 classroom assignments are correct for each fall and spring term, she also helps student organizations and campus offices reserve classrooms for meetings.
Mills has seen many changes to campus in the 25 years she’s been here. From watching the Volunteers win the national championship in 1998 to seeing the numerous new and improved buildings on campus, Mills is excited to be part of what comes next.
“I love doing my job,” she said. “I know that I’m helping make an impact.”
Mills credits her success to a former colleague, Becky Harper, who also worked in the Office of the Registrar. “She was just a great person to work with and to be around.”
Mills is close to her family—her daughter is a UT graduate and recently married—and her dogs. She enjoys spending time in downtown Knoxville and going to Market Square to shop at the farmer’s market or for a stroll.
“I love the farmer’s market, especially when it’s warm and sunny. It just feels good to be down there. The downtown area is really growing.”
Her favorite longtime UT tradition is attending the Orange and White Game with her family.
“It’s something that’s always going to be in my heart. The Orange and White Game is like the kickoff for spring,” she said. “It’s the precursor to summer.”
Mills also enjoys going to the Clarence Brown Theatre. “They’ve put on some amazing shows since I’ve been here. They’re an amazing company for our campus.”
Mills said UT is special because “it feels like home and everyone is like family.
“When we all put on that orange and march to Neyland Stadium on a hot Saturday afternoon, we’re all family. When we’re cheering a number one basketball team in Thompson-Boling, we’re all family. There’s a force that pulls us all together and makes us all one giant family.”
When asked what she thought that force might be Mills replied, “It’s in that Power T and that bright orange. Even when I am miles away from Tennessee, I can still find a Power T. . . . It just draws us all together.”