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Noland to replace Stanton as ETSU president

Brian Noland has been named the ninth president to lead East Tennessee State University.
The Tennessee Board of Regents voted earlier this month 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. He 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.
“ETSU is an amazing institution — an institution that’s the anchor of East Tennessee,” Noland said. “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.”