Tammy Bryant dreamed of pursuing a doctoral degree, but the dream didn’t become reality until divine intervention led her to Trevecca.

“A few years ago, two of my colleagues approached me and shared with me their experiences at Trevecca ... through some divine intervention perhaps, they encouraged me to look into the program,” says Bryant, who is the director of student affairs programs and assessment at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. “These two colleagues approached me at nearly the same time period though these interactions with them occurred quite separately.”

Even after these conversations, Bryant was unsure if she could complete the program as a working professional—until a difficult circumstance motivated her.

“I was not sure I was even capable of a doctoral program. I allowed that deadline to pass without applying,” says Bryant. “That summer my father passed away, and I realized if I wanted to achieve my dream I should not wait, so I applied.”

In 2013, Bryant began a program to earn her doctoral degree in leadership and professional practice (Ed.D) at Trevecca. Bryant says it’s been a challenging program since the beginning, but it’s also been a process filled with abundant opportunities that Bryant has come to treasure.

“My professors brought real-world experience,” Bryant says. “They challenged us to think beyond our current situations.”

Bryant left Trevecca with an appreciation for the program that helped her to fulfill her dreams. “Trevecca is a place where the pursuit of a degree occurs in a solid, supportive environment,” said Bryant. “Any degree program requires dedication and sacrifice, but the support I received as a student made the difference in completing the degree for me.”

Rebekah Warren