Staff Profile

Myisha Garnes

Myisha Garnes

Assistant Director of Advancement, College of Arts and Sciences, UT Knoxville

My position includes

Leadership giving and annual giving

To understand what I do, you must understand

How to meet people where they are. Everyone wants to be seen, heard, and have their humanity affirmed. If you can achieve those principles, you can be successful at anything.

My favorite part of my job is

As an alum of UT, I enjoy sharing the same reverence for Rocky Top as the alumni I interact with throughout the year. Another favorite part of my job is working alongside Dean Lee, Andrew Sheehy, and an amazing team of professionals. They have been my family for the last five years. I am forever grateful for their support. GO VOLS!

As a kid I wanted to be

A lawyer due to my life-long passion and activism around issues of social justice.

If I was gifted with a secret power, it would be

Space travel through galaxies as a Jedi.

My bucket list includes

Visiting the pyramids in Egypt, climbing Machu Picchu and having an “Eat Pray Love” experience like Julia Roberts.

My personal motto is

Stick to your original agreement!

My theme song is

Happy by Pharrell Williams

Few know that I

I have dabbled in Hollywood. I was a regular extra on a major 90s television show called “Moesha” starring the R&B singer and actor Brandy Norwood. I have appeared on the “Steve Harvey Show” as well as Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns”. I also interned at Quincy Jones’ record label Qwest Records. Fun times!

The best piece of advice I ever received was

Know your worth and then add tax!!!

I start each morning with

With quiet moments of gratitude, deep reflection, and coffee.