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ETSU: President has 'full range of motion' two days after Johnson City crash

Staff Report • Nov 20, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Despite serious injuries in a crash earlier this week, East Tennessee State University President Brian Noland has what a university official described as a "full range of motion" and is expected to be released from a local hospital in the days ahead.

"The Nolands say they are humbled by the outpouring of support they have received from the ETSU community and from people across the region," ETSU Chief of Staff Jane Jones said in a statement released this morning. "They expressed their heartfelt appreciation for the phone calls, messages, and prayers."

Noland was hospitalized at Johnson City Medical Center on Monday after a late afternoon crash at the intersection of West Watauga Avenue and West Market Street, where his SUV was struck by a flatbed wrecker.

The exact nature of his injuries was not included in the statement. The president has not been available for comment during his hospital stay.

"So that Dr. Noland will have sufficient time to rest and recuperate, the family requests no visitors at this time," Jones said in the statement.

The university asked anyone wishing to send a personal card or letter to take it to the president's office on the second floor of Dossett Hall, and all well wishes would be delivered to the Noland family.

"We will continue to keep Dr. Noland and his family in our thoughts and prayers," Jones said.

Noland, 45, has been president at ETSU since January 2012. Dr. Wilsie Bishop, ETSU's chief operating officer and vice president for health affairs, is assuming the university's leadership while Noland he is recuperating.

The crash happened around 5 p.m. Monday, as Noland was traveling north on West Watauga in a 2010 Acura MDX when the light turned green and he proceeded through the intersection.

A 1997 Freightliner F50 driven by Jackie L. White, Oak Dell Court, was traveling west on West Market and ran the red light, police said. The truck, owned by Larry & Terry's Inc. of Elizabethton, struck a tree and a sign at Carver Park. Noland's SUV also struck a utility pole.

White was cited with a red light violation and given 10 days to address his driver's license status.

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