Debby Schriver is a native of Chicago residing in Knoxville, Tennesee. She attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for both her graduate and undergraduate studies. Her interest in the ways that people develop psychologically and sociologically—especially during their formative years—led Schriver to have a career in higher education. She served as Associate Dean of Student Conduct and Orientation for 13 years and Manager of Employee Training and Organizational Development for 18 years. Her main responsibilities were counseling first-year students who were having difficulties transitioning to university, and selecting and overseeing student orientation assistants for incoming freshmen.
For her work in student development she has been honored by the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Schriver was the first woman to serve as president of NODA, and served as chair of the Commission for Admission, Orientation, and Retention for ACPA. Schriver has been honored by her fellow University of Tennessee Alumni, who established the Debby Moberly Schriver Endowment to grant scholarships to students working with first-year students in their capacities as Orientation Leaders.
In addition, Schriver is actively involved in local, civic organizations. She volunteers for the Girl Scouts, the Red Cross, and is a member of the Rotary Club. She developed a “Poet’s Corner,” a poetry writing class for local, third graders. She has been appointed a member of the Foster Care Review Board by the Knox County Juvenile Court. For her civic engagement, she is the recipient of numerous awards including: the American Red Cross Volunteer of the Year, University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Achievement, University of Tennessee Woman of Achievement, and the Thanks Badge for Outstanding Leadership from the Girl Scouts of the USA.