Although Chattanooga native Elizabeth Bryant has lived elsewhere, “I always knew I’d return to Chattanooga and settle down here.” A graduate of GPS, Elizabeth attended UTK for three years and completed her BS in human services management at UTC.
Although she did not have a specific career path in mind then, Elizabeth knew what kind of work would best suit her. “I am a very social person and care about others. I followed a track in school that would keep me involved with a helping profession.” For a number of years, Elizabeth worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters at offices in Chattanooga, in Savannah, Ga. and in Topeka, Kan. She is a past director of the Chattanooga branch of the Arthritis Foundation.
Before Elizabeth and her husband, Mark, had their daughter Catherine in 2003, Elizabeth spent five years as development director of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust. After a year at home with Catherine, Elizabeth took the position as Baylor’s campaign coordinator and later transitioned to become the major gifts & donor relations coordinator in the development office. “My favorite things about my job are making something positive happen for the school and planning events that recognize special projects and special people.”
In 2019, she took over as Assistant to the Headmaster, replacing Susan Collins who served five Baylor headmasters in the position for 21 years.
Elizabeth enjoys sharing new experiences with Catherine '21, taking short trips, working on her house and yard, and attending sporting events, especially UT football and basketball games, with her husband.
She also enjoys Baylor and is quick to point out what makes it a unique community. “My husband came to campus one day when I first starting working here and commented on the unattended backpacks all over campus. I explained the Honor Code to him. He was amazed and impressed. It is a wonderful thing!”
Written by Rachel Schulson, 2010