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UPDATE: Noland withdraws as candidate for University of Tennessee chancellor

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 26, 2019 at 4:09 PM

East Tennessee State University President Brian Noland will not be the University of Tennessee’s next chancellor.

During the ETSU Board of Trustees meeting on Friday, Noland said he told University of Tennessee interim President Randy Boyd that he had withdrawn his name as a finalist to become the next chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

“Yesterday evening, I spoke with President Randy Boyd with the University of Tennessee and informed him that I’m withdrawing my name from consideration at the University of Tennessee, and I will stay at East Tennessee State University to continue our work,” Noland said.

He did not elaborate about why he decided to withdraw his name from consideration. After he announced his decision at the board meeting, the room erupted with applause.

“It's a great honor to be a part of an institution that I love. As I looked across room, there are people in this room that I spend more time with on a daily basis than I do my family and your coworkers become your family — I wasn't quite ready to say goodbye. From my perspective, we can now put the white elephant away and get to work,” he said following the meeting.

On April 17, Noland participated in a public forum on the University of Tennessee campus as a finalist for the chancellor position.

Shortly after Noland’s announcement, Ballad Health CEO Alan Levine and Bristol Motor Speedway General Manager Jerry Caldwell issued statements about Noland staying at ETSU.

Levine’s statement said Noland told him Friday morning about his decision.

"Dr. Noland is a friend and one of Ballad Health's most important supporters. Upon learning that Dr. Noland was a potential candidate for Chancellor of University of Tennessee Knoxville, I encouraged him to reconsider his candidacy, and have done so for the last two weeks,” the statement from Levine said.

“As many in our community would attest, he and Donna are such an important part of our region, it was our hope that he would choose to remain a part of it. Today, I am joyful that he made the decision to stay. Dr. Noland shared with me that he is committed to his students, faculty and to the mission of ETSU, and he was just not ready to leave after having gone through the process at UT. Dr. Noland and the first lady are two amazing people, and I'm overjoyed they chose to stay a part of our region and at the helm of our great University, ETSU. While many great UT leaders, alumni and supporters encouraged him to seek the Chancellor position, and I'm sure they are disappointed, today is a great day for our region."

Caldwell said he was “beyond thrilled” Noland and his wife Donna were staying.

“I am beyond thrilled that ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland and his wife Donna have decided to stay and continue their work at the University as they are not only personal friends, but a positive inspiration to many,” Caldwell’s statement said.

“I along with many others have encouraged them to reconsider his candidacy for the Chancellor position at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Dr. Noland has a deep understanding and passion for this region that will help us shape and define our future and I look forward to continuing our efforts to blaze new paths together. From all of us at Bristol Motor Speedway, Go BUCS!”

In other business at the board meeting, officials approved a 2% tuition increase for the College of Medicine and College of Pharmacy. A 2% salary increase for full-time faculty and staff across the board was also approved. This increase did not apply to adjunct professors, who held a demonstration earlier this month demanding an increase in the base rate pay of $600 per credit hour per semester. 

Noland said discussions about adjunct raises are still moving forward at the college level. He said there isn’t an “across-the-board solution to any policy matter.” 

“The base compensation for a political science faculty member is going to be different than the base compensation for someone who works in the College of Medicine,” he said. “Not all adjunct salary is equal because the disciplines are different. It’s the same for pay. The pediatric surgeon is going to make more than a political scientist, so rather than doing that all across the board – boom – it gives the deans ability to set things that are discipline-specific, and it puts the decision closer to the disciplines.” 

Reported previously:

East Tennessee State University President Brian Noland will not be the University of Tennessee’s next chancellor. 

During the ETSU Board of Trustee’s meeting on Friday, Noland said he told University of Tennessee interim President Randy Boyd that he had withdrawn his name as a finalist to become the next chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

“Yesterday evening, I spoke with President Randy Boyd with the University of Tennessee and informed him that I’m withdrawing my name from consideration at the University of Tennessee, and I will stay at East Tennessee State University to continue our work,” Noland said. 

On April 17, Noland participated in a public forum on the University of Tennessee campus as a finalist for the chancellor position.

Shortly after Noland’s announcement, Ballad Health CEO Alan Levine and Bristol Motor Speedway General Manager Jerry Caldwell issued statements about Noland staying at ETSU. 

Levine’s statement said Noland told him Friday morning about his decision. 

"Dr. Noland is a friend and one of Ballad Health's most important supporters. Upon learning that Dr. Noland was a potential candidate for Chancellor of University of Tennessee Knoxville, I encouraged him to reconsider his candidacy, and have done so for the last two weeks,” the statement from Levine said. 

“As many in our community would attest, he and Donna are such an important part of our region, it was our hope that he would choose to remain a part of it. Today, I am joyful that he made the decision to stay. Dr. Noland shared with me that he is committed to his students, faculty and to the mission of ETSU, and he was just not ready to leave after having gone through the process at UT. Dr. Noland and the first lady are two amazing people, and I'm overjoyed they chose to stay a part of our region and at the helm of our great University, ETSU. While many great UT leaders, alumni and supporters encouraged him to seek the Chancellor position, and I'm sure they are disappointed, today is a great day for our region."

Caldwell said he was “beyond thrilled” Noland and his wife Donna were staying. 

“I am beyond thrilled that ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland and his wife Donna have decided to stay and continue their work at the University as they are not only personal friends, but a positive inspiration to many,” Caldwell’s statement said. 

“I along with many others have encouraged them to reconsider his candidacy for the Chancellor position at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Dr. Noland has a deep understanding and passion for this region that will help us shape and define our future and I look forward to continuing our efforts to blaze new paths together. From all of us at Bristol Motor Speedway, Go BUCS!”

 

 

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