TBR Approves Brian Noland as ETSU’s Next President
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 21, 2011) – Brian Noland has been named the ninth president to lead East Tennessee State University.
The Tennessee Board of Regents voted unanimously today to affirm TBR Chancellor John Morgan’s recommendation for Noland to replace Paul Stanton, who will retire from ETSU on Jan. 14. Noland accepted the appointment effective Jan. 15.
“Dr. Noland was best positioned to move us forward given the challenges that we face in terms of higher education in Tennessee,” said Morgan in his recommendation to the Board. “I was taken with the reception he received from many of the community members around ETSU as well as those who work at the university. In particular, the students connected very quickly and very deeply with him. I believe that he will do a tremendous job at ETSU by leading that institution forward and building on its success.”
Noland has spent the last five years as chancellor of West Virginia’s Higher Education Policy Commission, which serves in both a governing and coordinating capacity over the local boards of 11 public colleges and universities. Noland previously worked at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission from 1998 through 2006. He served as associate executive director for THEC before he left for West Virginia in 2006.
Noland earned his doctorate degree in political science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from West Virginia University. Noland’s resume is available at http://tinyurl.com/cnexj5n.
“[The Board of Regents] is an outstanding system of institutions, a system that’s on the cutting edge of the national policy discourse related to completion, and I look forward to being part of Chancellor Morgan’s team and his effort to drive the completion agenda,” Noland said. “ETSU is an amazing institution – an institution that’s the anchor of east Tennessee. But more importantly it’s an institution that makes dreams come true on a daily basis, be they dreams of first generation students, dreams to find cures for the public health challenges that face our country, dreams of scholar athletes to compete at the highest level and bring home victory for our Bucs, or dreams of faculty to advance research and knowledge within their fields.”
ETSU, one of six public universities governed by the TBR, is located in Johnson City and enrolls more than 15,000 students in more than 100 programs of study, including doctoral degrees in various fields, medicine among them. The university is recognized by the state for its unique mission focus in the area of health sciences and places special emphasis on addressing the needs of Southern Appalachia in areas of rural health care.
The TBR is the nation’s sixth largest higher education system, governing 46 post-secondary educational institutions. The TBR system includes six universities, 13 two-year colleges and 27 technology centers, providing programs in 90 of Tennessee’s 95 counties to more than 200,000 students.
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