Get to know your counselor a little better, particularly since you will be working so closely with her or him over the next year!


Melissa RipleyMelissa Ripley

Director of Admission
Chief GED Test Administrator

Welcome to Tusculum College! My name is Melissa Ripley, and I am the Director of Admission for Residential Admission. I am also the Chief GED Test Administrator.

I am a graduate of the Tusculum College Professional Studies program with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management and a Masters of Arts in Adult Education.

Tusculum College is a truly wonderful place to fulfill your college dreams. Tusculum offers a lifetime of wonderful friendships and great education.
Deciding which college to attend is a huge decision. I know this is an overwhelming time in your life!

Just remember… I am here to help you with the college admission process.
I encourage you to visit our campus and see what great things Tusculum has to offer. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

My contact information:

E-mail: mripley@tusculum.edu

Phone: 423-636-7374

Mailing address: P.O. Box 5051 Greeneville, TN 37743

Delane CrutcherDeLane Crutcher

Associate Director of Admission

Hello! My name is DeLane; I am excited and looking forward to working with you as you prepare for college. I have the pleasure of working with families from: New Jersey, Georgia, Ohio, and all of our transfer students. Additionally, I coordinate the International recruitment activities for Tusculum.

In my spare time, I enjoy time spent with my family, working out at the gym and reading. In my pursuit for knowledge, I have earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from Otterbein University and a Master of Management in Higher Education Administration from North Park University.

I am excited to be here at Tusculum College, and am looking forward to helping you navigate the college selection process in hope that you will make Tusculum home! Please feel free to contact me with any questions that you might have.

My contact information:

Email: dcrutcher@tusculum.edu

Office: 1-800-729-0256 ext. 5951

Mailing address: P.O. Box 5051, Greeneville, TN 37743

Andrew StarnesAndrew Starnes

Admission Representative

Thank you for your interest in Tusculum College! My name is Andrew Starnes and I will be happy to assist you during the admission process at Tusculum. I primarily work with families from the Knoxville area, North Carolina, and Florida.

I am from Greeneville, Tennessee and have lived in East Tennessee my whole life. I graduated from the University of Tennessee in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism/Communication and a minor in Political Science. When I’m not at work, I always like to stay active. I like to hunt, play sports, and travel (I’m an avid NASCAR fan and travel to races across the county).

I have enjoyed my job so far at Tusculum and look forward to educating prospective students on the college admission process, in hopes they can make the best college decision for their education. If you ever have any questions or concerns about the Tusculum College Admission process, please do not hesitate to contact me. I encourage you to get to know what Tusculum has to offer by scheduling a visit with me too. I hope to see you on campus soon!

My contact information:

Email: astarnes@tusculum.edu

Office: 1-800-729-0256 ext. 5627

Mailing address: P.O. Box 5051, Greeneville, TN 37743

Heather BlantonHeather Blanton

Admission Representative

Welcome to Tusculum College! My name is Heather Blanton, and I’m an admission representative here at Tusculum College.

I was born and raised in North Carolina, but made Tusculum my home as an undergrad student in 2008. In 2012 I graduated from Tusculum with a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism and Professional Writing. While at Tusculum I held the lifestyles and managing editor positions on the student newspaper. My senior year I helped to create Frontier magazine, a student-run publication. I also found adventure participating in a study abroad program my junior year.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, doing anything outdoors, and spending time with my family.

I’m excited to represent my alma mater , and help students fall in love with “The Tusculum Experience” like I did. If you have any questions feel free to contact me, and I look forward to seeing you on campus!

My contact information:

Email: hblanton@tusculum.edu

Office: 1-800-729-0256 ext. 5076

Mailing address: P.O. Box 5051, Greeneville, TN 37743

Brian AlexanderBrian Alexander

Admission Representative

Hello, welcome to Tusculum College! My name is Brian Alexander, and I’m an Admission Representative here.

I am excited to be here at Tusculum, and look forward to meeting and working with you to achieve your educational goals! If you have any questions, or would like to talk to me more about what Tusculum College has to offer, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I look forward to seeing you at Tusculum!

My contact information:

Email: balexander@tusculum.edu

Office: 1-800-729-0256 ext. 5604

Mailing address: P.O. Box 5051, Greeneville, TN 37743