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Paying It Forward With Tennessee’s Marcus Hilliard

Guest Marcus Hilliard, Tennessee
12:41 min watch


University of Tennessee Senior Associate AD/Chief of Staff Marcus Hilliard joins ADU’s Tai M. Brown at the 2023 NACDA Convention to discuss paying it forward within the industry. Hilliard discusses his career trajectory in terms of the leaders he’s worked for, such as former Duke Director of Athletics Kevin White, Austin Peay State AD Gerald Harrison and Tennessee AD Danny White, and shares insight into how to provide accountability for high-achieving individuals. Hilliard and Brown also discuss the value of being a team player, the need for true acts of service and the importance of mentorship.

The conversation is indexed below for efficient viewing (click the time stamp to jump to a specific question/topic).

  • - Tell me about the role of Chief of Staff in terms of accountability and being a team player.
  • - How do you define success for yourself?
  • - Talk to me about working with high achievers; is there ever a time when you have to rein in those individual personalities in order to achieve success as a whole?
  • - What were the things in your career that have led you to being successful in this role?
  • - What about the aspect of working with leaders who seek to exceed expectations at all times?
  • - How has mentorship - serving as a mentor for others - manifested itself throughout your career?
  • - How would you define "leader" and "leadership" in the context of college athletics?