The Blount County Alumni Association is proud to recognize the outstanding contributions of Maryville College alumni and current students.  Explore below to see some of their accomplishments!


martha hess '67

Martha Hess, class of ’67, began her long association at Maryville College as a student majoring in English.  As a student she worked for Dr. Elizabeth Jackson, Chair of the English Department, who mentored her and to whom Martha gives great credit. Following graduation, she taught math and English at Farragut High School.  

In 1974, she was hired as the College Registrar, where she served faithfully for 35 years.  As registrar she spent countless hours helping students with schedules and graduation requirements and alumni who wanted to see their transcripts. 

In 2005, she was awarded the Alumni Citation, and in 2009 she received the College’s highest award, the Maryville College Medallion for exemplary service to College, church and community.  

For several decades, she oversaw the College Archives, directing volunteers in preserving the College’s rich history.  

Following her retirement in 2009, she has continued to spend countless hours volunteering in the Archives, at Second Methodist Church, and with the Shannondale Community.  She readily volunteers to enlighten members of the community on Maryville College and its rich history.

For her knowledge and insight, she has recently been named Honorary Maryville College Historian. 

A faculty member from the Medallion Committee stated, “Of the many alumni who have spent their professional careers at Maryville College, none has surpassed Martha Hess in professionalism and in the ability to instill the Maryville College spirit in new generations of students.”