Brian Noland was unanimously approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents as the ninth president of East Tennessee State University Monday afternoon.
He will succeed Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr. on Jan. 15. Stanton’s retirement is scheduled for Jan. 14. Stanton has been president since January 1997.
“ETSU is an amazing institution, an institution that is the anchor of East Tennessee,” Noland said shortly after being confirmed.
He said becoming president of ETSU was a dream come true for him and his family.
Noland is currently chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, a job he has had since 2006. He was recommended by John Morgan, TBR chancellor, after a national search for the next ETSU president. The Board confirmed that recommendation in a special telephone meeting Monday.
Noland was one of 49 people who applied for the job.
In an interview session following his confirmation, Noland said lot of work must be done prior to him taking the helm at ETSU in two months.
Noland said he must ensure a smooth transition for the interim chancellor at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. At the same time, he said he will be “working day and night” to get up to date on the issues and challenges facing ETSU.
“I hope to be on campus in the next week and a half to prepare and for meeting with Dr. Stanton and his staff,” Noland said. “I want to ensure we work very closely with Dr. Stanton and his staff.”
Noland also reiterated to reporters on the conference call that for him ETSU is a long-term commitment.
Noland is married to Donna Noland, who is originally from Greeneville. They have a 6-year-old son named Jackson. Noland plans to have his family moved to Johnson City by spring.
Noland also plans to visit frequently between now and Jan. 15 as he prepares to become the leader of the 100-year-old school.
“We will be back and forth on a pretty regular occasion,” Noland said.
Besides his wife being from Greeneville, Noland also has a connection to the region in that his mother lives in Asheville, N.C. Noland also worked at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission from 1998 until 2006, where he helped craft the Tennessee lottery scholarship.
Morgan said there is typically some kind of ceremonial recognition of the transition of power when universities change presidents.
“We’ll kind of see what the ETSU community thinks is the best course to follow,” with marking the change in leadership, Morgan said.
Noland will receive a yearly salary of $276,040 as president of ETSU, plus standard president allowances and benefits to employees of the state of Tennessee.
The presidential residence for ETSU is Shelbridge, a home at the corner of North Roan Street and Eleventh Avenue.