“Earlier today, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville conveyed that I have accepted the nomination for consideration as its next chancellor. I want to thank the ETSU community for your patience and support as my family explores this opportunity. I assure everyone that my focus remains on having an outstanding close to the spring semester, and I look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our graduates at Commencement,” the ETSU president wrote in an emailed statement.
Since becoming the ninth president of ETSU in 2012 after serving for six years as chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education System, Noland has led the campus into an unprecedented era of growth, particularly with capital projects, including the construction of the William B. Greene Jr. football stadium, the ongoing construction of the Mary B. Martin Center for the Arts and extensive renovations to the D.P. Culp University Center, as well as the reintroduction of the university’s football program.
In 2018, Noland was elected to the board of directors for the American Council on Education, the premier coordinating body for higher education institutions across the nation represented by about 1,800 college and university presidents and executives.
"Brian Noland has been an energetic, visionary leader for East Tennessee State University. It comes as no surprise to the Board of Trustees of ETSU that other major institutions would seek his expertise. We have seen firsthand his capacity to build relationships with students, faculty, alumni and university supporters, and we are proud that other great institutions recognize this talent,” Board of Trustees Chairman Scott M. Niswonger wrote in an emailed statement to the Johnson City Press Wednesday.
“Dr. Noland enjoys the full support of the Board of Trustees of ETSU, and while we would prefer he remain at ETSU as its 9th president, we also understand what a great opportunity this is for him. As such, we stand behind him in his decision to pursue this great opportunity. No plans have been made at this point, other than to wait and see what decision is made by the University of Tennessee."
Noland will join three other finalists at the University of Tennessee in visiting the campus April 16-18. Noland will visit the campus on Wednesday, April 17, at 2:30 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.
According to UT, other finalists visiting the campus include:
• Donde Plowman, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
, Tuesday, April 16, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.
• William Tate, dean of the graduate school and vice provost for graduate education at Washington University in St. Louis
, Thursday, April 18, from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.
• Bill Hardgrave, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Auburn University
, Thursday, April 18, from 3-4 p.m. in Room 101 of Strong Hall.
On Wednesday morning, East Tennessee State University announced President Brian Noland’s nomination to be considered as University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s next chancellor.
Noland, who is one of four finalists, released this emailed statement to the campus community:
“Earlier today, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville conveyed that I have accepted the nomination for consideration as its next chancellor. I want to thank the ETSU community for your patience and support as my family explores this opportunity. I assure everyone that my focus remains on having an outstanding close to the spring semester, and I look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our graduates at Commencement,” the ETSU president wrote.
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