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Caitlyn Conner

Budget Director

Caitlyn Conner joined the University of Tennessee in January 2021. She serves as the Budget Director for Enrollment Management. In this role, Caitlyn is responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of all unit budgets across EM and oversees financial operations and human resources activities for all areas reporting to the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management. Caitlyn is the liaison between EM, the Office of the Provost, Division of Finance and Administration, and Human Resources. She is responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction to the Vice Provost regarding organization structure and staffing, budgets, and enrollment planning.

Caitlyn is a first-generation college graduate from a small, rural community in Indiana. She recently moved to Knoxville to be closer to family. Prior to her move, she resided in Tampa, Florida where she worked for a non-profit healthcare system as a Senior Financial Analyst. Preceding this role, Caitlyn spent five years in higher education with Indiana University and Purdue University in finance, operations and human resources. She earned a BS in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and a MS in Leadership from Purdue University.

“I briefly stepped away from Higher Education and quickly realized how much I missed it: the creativity, innovation, talent and intellect thriving among students, faculty and staff – it is a humbling and inspiring environment to be a part of and challenges me to continuously grow and improve. I have a strong passion for higher education because I have seen the positive impact is has on people’s lives. College students/grads form lifelong friendships, find careers they are passionate about, create financial security for their future and develop a new understanding and respect for all types of diversity. It is an honor to be a small part of that. I am grateful to be part of the Volunteer family.”

CliftonStrengths: Strategic, Learner, Deliberative, Individualization, Futuristic