Prior to his job in Research Services, Greg worked for 5 years in the UT Knoxville Office of Research Administration where he served as an information specialist and where all of the systems on which the Office of Research Services now works were first designed, prototyped and used. He still works heavily with the UTK Office of Research Administration but also enjoys the role he plays in supporting the other research offices of the University of Tennessee and Tennessee Board of Regeants systems.
Greg received his Master's degree from UTK in 1987 where he had the good fortune of working with Dr. Michael Thomason on research involving pattern recognition. The highlight of his academic career was the opportunity to travel with Dr. Thomason to Denmark where they spent 3 weeks and gave a paper describing their research to an international meeting on pattern recognition.
Married for 4 years to Monica Conner Cole, Greg enjoys travel, hiking, camping and is an avid reader. A fanatical history buff, he especially enjoys the works of James Michener and George MacDonald (a little known 19th century poet, preacher, and novelist) and anything he can find on Russia and the other independent states of the former Soviet Union.