Molly Tye graduated from the KU Bachelors of Social Work program in 2006. She went on to obtain a Masters of Social Work from Howard University in Washington D.C in 2008. Following what some may call an unusual career path for a social worker, Molly was recently named Academic Coordinator for the Penn State football program. She began her career as a volunteer academic support assistant for the men's basketball program at Howard University during her studies there. After two years with the Virginia Tech Student-Athlete Support Services, she returned to Howard’s Athletics Department as the Senior Academic Advisor for two years. Molly served for three years as the Asst Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Support at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, where she worked specifically with high risk student-athletes. The program won national accolades for academic achievement during her time there. Molly enjoys being able to join her lifelong love for athletics with her passion for social work and feels inspired by how competitive sports provide talented students with educational opportunities they may not otherwise have access to.
Molly’s interest in social work began with a desire to mentor youth in the inner city. She was able to sharpen her skills during her practicum at an inner city school district. Molly believes that her education in the social work program at KU taught her to collaborate with people from opposing viewpoints to achieve a common goal, an experience which still impacts the way she makes decisions today. Her experiences in the BSW program at KU also taught her to think critically and look for the strengths in every person and situation. In many ways her undergraduate studies prepared her for the experience of being in the minority at a historically Black College for graduate school, by teaching her the value of diversity as well as how to relate and connect with people from a completely different background than herself. Molly credits her upbringing in a church community for teaching her the important values of hard work and compassion for others which led her to the social work profession. Molly’s faith has remained at the center of her career and has been her inspiration through the many challenging cases she has encountered in her profession.
Molly also followed a family tradition and became a foster parent, fulfilling what she feels is her calling to nurture and care for the orphaned. She has proudly mothered five foster children over the course of two years and looks forward to mothering many more. As a foster parent, she encourages social workers to never underestimate the value of foster parents in ensuring the welfare of children and their place in the social work profession.