Tying a Legacy

Serving under the tutelage of 10 University of Tennessee presidents for more than four decades, Lofton Stuart has filled leadership posts within development and alumni affairs, including serving as executive assistant for two UT presidents. Meticulously donning a bowtie to work every day, the 1971 UT agriculture graduate taught impromptu bowtie lessons, shook hands, kissed babies and made peace on UT's behalf.

As one of UT's greatest ambassadors closes the door on 43 years of service, Lofton wants to ensure another door stays open and grows wider for even more students following in the UT footsteps of their parents.

"There is great pride in knowing that I am walking where my dad once walked. The Legacy Scholarship represents a door of opportunity that takes care of books and other expenses for me. What a gift." — Caroline Parish, UT Martin UTAA Legacy Scholar

Established in 2013 by the UT Alumni Association, Legacy Scholarships of $1,000 have been given so far to 41 first-year students, who are the children or grandchildren of UT alumni. To commemorate his retirement, Lofton is asking you to give generously to the UTAA Legacy Scholarship Endowment Campaign, instead of gifting him with one more bowtie.

Seeking to bolster the Legacy Scholarships in perpetuity by an endowment of at least $25,000, this funding endeavor will give the priceless gift of opportunity to many more who continue the tradition of becoming a student at any UT System campus like the generation before them.




Through the Years

1970: Receives TorchbearerAward during senior year at UT Knoxville

1971: Graduates with bachelor's degree in agriculture

1972: Joins UT Alumni Association as Assistant Director of Annual Giving

1973: Named Director of Alumni Programs

1974: Named Director of Statewide Alumni Programs and Director of UT Knoxville Alumni Affairs

1981: Named Executive Director of Alumni Programs

1989: Named Assistant Vice President of Alumni Programs

2003: Named Interim Executive Assistant to UT Interim President Joe Johnson

2004: Named Executive Assistant to UT President John Petersen

2009: Named Executive Director of UT Alumni Association

2013: Named Interim Vice President and President of the UT Foundation

2015: Named Special Assistant to the UT Foundation President

Since 1953, the UT Alumni Association has been making educational dreams possible for more than 19,000 students by underwriting one of the largest privately funded scholarship programs—$21.9 million—at UT.

As the financial backbone of the alumni association, UTAA's Fund for the Future is critical, not only to fund more student scholarships, but also to continue to underwrite such programs as the Outstanding Teacher and Distinguished Professorship awards, alumni career services initiatives and legislative relations while continuing to enhance alumni experiences by expanding programs and providing meaningful experiences. Learn more »