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New ETSU president has hit ground running

Staff Report • Jan 20, 2012 at 8:23 AM

We know it’s a terrible cliché to say someone has “hit the ground running,” but we can think of no better description of the start of Dr. Brian Noland’s tenure as president of East Tennessee State University.

Noland was quick to establish what we think is a sensible agenda to tackle in the coming months.

At the top of the list, Noland told reporters Tuesday — his first official day on the job — is to begin work to build a much-needed performing arts center on campus.

University officials must first convince Gov. Bill Haslam and members of the state General Assembly to approve the capital project. Then ETSU will have to find the $9 million it must contribute to build the $38 million performing arts center.

Noland has other goals, too, for his presidency. And, yes, he’s already being asked about a return of the football program. The new president has indicated he would be willing to study the issue at some point in the future, but for now he has much more pressing matters to deal with.

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