East Tennessee State University
|East Tennessee State University|
|Established||October 2, 1911|
|Endowment||US$100.1 million (2012)|
|Chancellor||Charles W. Manning|
|President||Dr. Brian Noland|
|Provost||Bert C. Bach|
|Academic staff||866 (Fall 2011)|
|Students||15,536 (Fall 2011)|
|Undergraduates||10,259 (Spring 2009)|
|Postgraduates||2,144 (Spring 2009)|
|Doctoral students||445 (Fall 2010)|
|Other students||723 (Spring 2009)|
|Location||Johnson City, Tennessee, United States|
|Campus||Urban, 350 acres (1.42 km2)|
|Colors||Navy Blue and Old Gold|
|Athletics||NCAA Division I, Atlantic Sun, 15 varsity teams|
East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is an accredited American university located in Johnson City, Tennessee. It is part of the Tennessee Board of Regents system of colleges and universities, the nation's sixth largest system of public education, and is the fourth largest university in the state. ETSU has off-campus centers in nearby Kingsport, Elizabethton, and Greeneville, Tennessee.
Listed by The Princeton Review as one of America’s Best Value Colleges, ETSU has a host of programs that benefit both the region and nation, including the Quillen College of Medicine, consistently ranked as one of the top schools nationwide for rural medicine and primary care education, the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, the College of Nursing, the College of Public Health, and the recently formed College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences. Unique programs include a nationally acclaimed and accredited program in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music, the nation's lone master's degree in Storytelling, and the Appalachian Studies programs, focused on the surrounding Appalachian region.
ETSU had a record enrollment of over 15,000 students in Fall 2010. In 2011, ETSU had its 100th anniversary.
ETSU was founded as East Tennessee State Normal School, to educate teachers; the K-12 training school, called University School, operates to this day. East Tennessee State officially became a college in 1925 when it changed its name to East Tennessee State Teachers College, subsequently gaining accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1927. In 1943, East Tennessee State Teacher's College was expanded into a college with a range of liberal arts offerings, becoming East Tennessee State College. The college became a University in 1963, adopting the name it holds today.
ETSU announced plans to open a College of Pharmacy in 2005, rapidly receiving local support to secure the approval. Full accreditation was granted in June 2010, shortly after the first class of the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy graduated.
In December 2007, the College of Public and Allied Health split into two new colleges, the College of Public Health and the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences. Both are part of ETSU’s Health Sciences Division, which also includes the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, and the College of Nursing.
In late 2009, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the Tennessee Board of Regents authorized the formation of a Ph.D program in Sport Physiology and Performance. This program, the first of its kind in the United States, will focus on sports science and physiology in athletics. It will feature concentrations in sport physiology and sport performance, and is expected to start in 2010.
The research mission of ETSU advances scholarly and creative activity that enhances the teaching and learning environment and benefits the regional, national, and global communities served. ETSU strongly supports and encourages faculty and student research. In FY12, ETSU was awarded over $50 million in research, public service, and training/instruction grants. The ETSU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Administration (ORSPA) organizes an annual event, the Appalachian Student Research Forum, for students to showcase their research via poster and/or oral presentations. At the April 2012 event, over 150 student poster and oral presentations were made and over $5000 was given in prize money to undergraduate, graduate, medical students, medical residents and postdoctoral fellows.
ETSU collegiate athletic teams, nicknamed Buccaneers, compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference. In the 2006-07 year, ETSU won both the conference's men and women's All-Sport trophies, winning seven team titles. They repeated as the overall and men's All-Sport champions in 2007-08 with three team titles, in 2008-09 with five team titles, and in 2009-10 with three team titles. ETSU has won the Bill Bibb Trophy for the best overall Atlantic Sun athletic program all six years since it was first awarded for the 2006-07 season.
Current men's sports at ETSU are baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and track and field. Women's sports are basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field and volleyball. Men's soccer competed at the club level in the fall of 2007, before entering NCAA and Atlantic Sun competition as a scholarship program in the 2008 season. A new on-campus soccer field, Summers-Taylor Stadium, opened in fall 2007. In the 2007-08 season, the women's basketball team made their first trip to the NCAA tournament. In 2009 and 2010, both the men's and women's teams earned automatic berths to the NCAA championship by winning the Atlantic Sun Conference tournaments.
On January 29, 2013, the Student Government Association voted 22-5 for a $125 per semester fee increase that would fund the reinstatement of the football program. University President Dr. Brian Noland, who was in attendance for the vote, said that fee would be sufficient to support football and Title IX requirements that support additional women's athletics. Noland told the student senators a team could be on the field by fall 2015, if the Tennessee Board of Regents approved the proposal.
On March 29, 2013, the TBR approved the $125 fee increase to reinstate football at ETSU. Dr. Noland and acting Athletic Director Dr. Sander want to have a head coach as soon as May and start playing football in 2015. It has also become widely known across the campus that the Mini-Dome will not be the host of the home games; ETSU plans to build a brand new football stadium. They are rejoining the Southern Conference in 2014 because the A-Sun does not support football.
The Mini-Dome on the campus of ETSU houses the intercollegiate athletics offices, and is the venue for men's and women's basketball. Still known by students, faculty, and the community as the Mini-Dome, this campus landmark has been officially renamed from Memorial Center to the ETSU/Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center. The largest building on the ETSU campus, it hosts several indoor track and field meets, and was once the home field for the university's football program. The Mini-Dome has hosted many non-athletic events that could not be housed in an indoor setting on most American college campuses, such as national indoor championships for free flight model aircraft.
There are several Greek organizations offered at East Tennessee State University. Greek life provides occasions for social interaction and intramural participation between young men and women. The Interfraternity Council offers young men seven fraternities: Sigma Beta Rho, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Chi, Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Pi Kappa Alpha. The Pan-Hellenic Council offers young women four sororities: Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Xi Delta, Kappa Delta, and Sigma Kappa. The National Pan-Hellenic Council offers four fraternities and sororities: Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Omega Psi Phi and Alpha Kappa Alpha. Five percent of both men and women on campus are involved in Greek organizations.
In April 2002, the 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) Basler Center for Physical Activity was opened. The building contains recreational facilities such as an indoor 40-foot (12 m) climbing wall, raquetball and basketball courts, an indoor swimming pool, and a 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) weight room. The Basler Center also offers a diverse selection of fitness classes from yoga to martial arts.
Academic and administrative facilities
- D.P. Culp University Center
- Charles C. Sherrod Library
- Wayne G. Basler Center for Physical Activity (CPA)
- Burgin E. Dossett Hall (Administration/School of Graduate Studies)
- Alexander Hall (University High School)
- D.M. Brown Hall (Sciences)
- Gilbreath Hall (College of Arts and Sciences/Math/Foreign Language/Bud Frank Theatre)
- ETSU/Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center (Mini-Dome)
- Burleson Hall (English)
- Mathes Hall (Music)
- Ernest C. Ball Hall (Fine Arts)
- Memorial Hall (Brooks Gym)
- Sam Wilson Hall (College of Business & Technology)
- Campus Center Building (Theatre/Women's Studies)
- John P. Lamb, Jr. Hall (Health Sciences/College of Public Health)
- Hutcheson Hall (Family/Consumer Sciences)
- Wilson-Wallis Hall (Technology)
- Warf-Pickel Hall (Education/Communication)
- Hillrise Hall (Social Work)
- Yoakley Hall (International Programs/Honors College)
- Ross Hall (Geosciences)
- Roy S. Nicks Hall (College of Nursing/Computer Science)
- Reece Museum
- Rogers-Stout Hall (Social Studies (History, Psychology, Anthropology, Political Science, Criminal Justice))
- Scott M. Niswonger Digital Media Center
- Carter Hall (Women, 1911)
- Stone Hall (Co-ed, 1952)
- Powell Hall (Men, 1961)
- West Hall (Women, 1963)
- Dossett Hall (Men, 1966)
- Lucille Clement Hall (Co-ed, 1967)
- Luntsford Apartments (Women, 1971)
- Davis Apartments (Co-ed, 1972)
- Buccaneer Ridge Apartments (Co-ed, 1998 (Phase I), 2004 (Phase II), 2010 (Phase III)), 2012 (Phase IV)
- Governors Hall (Co-ed, 2007)
- Centennial Hall (Co-ed, 2009)
Colleges and schools
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Business and Technology
- College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences
- College of Education
- College of Medicine
- College of Nursing
- College of Pharmacy
- College of Public Health
- Honors College
- School of Continuing Studies
- School of Graduate Studies
The Honors College at East Tennessee State University provides numerous opportunities and benefits to students, including:
- The University Honors Scholars Program offers incoming freshmen a specially designed curriculum in general education taught by exceptional faculty. This four-year program provides full scholarship support and the atmosphere of a small liberal arts college within the larger university community.
- Numerous Honors-in-Discipline Programs are offered in a variety of degree programs at ETSU. These programs are designed to provide students specially designed, in-depth, and hands-on experiences in a chosen area of study. Students may apply as a freshman or later in their career at ETSU.
- The Midway Honors Scholars Program recognizes exceptional students who wish to transfer to ETSU. The program looks for students that have excelled at a different university or have graduated from a Tennessee Community College and wish to pursue an enriched honors opportunity at ETSU. Application is required before the first semester begins at ETSU.
- The Fine & Performing Arts Scholars Program is a unique interdisciplinary program designed to acknowledge and reward students who excel in the arts and wish to work closely with exceptional faculty artists in a variety of areas. The program involves sharing your artistic endeavors and part of your coursework with students in your class. Through a unique Roving Artist's program, scholars are challenged to assist in projects across the university campus and region. Special application is required.
- Numerous special Honors opportunities, including studying abroad, exchange programs, or undergraduate research.
- Out-of-state scholarships and limited in-state tuition scholarships are available to students in the above programs.
- Sidney G. Gilbreath, 1911–1925
- Charles C. Sherrod, 1925–1949
- Burgin E. Dossett, Sr., 1949–1968
- D.P. Culp, 1968–1977
- Arthur H. DeRosier, Jr., 1977–1980
- Ronald E. Beller, 1980–1991
- Bert C. Bach (interim), 1991–1992
- Roy S. Nicks, 1992–1996
- Paul E. Stanton, Jr., 1997-2011
- Brian Noland 2011-present
Recording star Kenny Chesney, four-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, holds a degree in advertising. Another notable attendee is Timothy Busfield, known for his Emmy Award-winning role on the popular 1980s TV series thirtysomething. Busfield attended ETSU for a short while, but did not graduate. He starred in a series of advertisements for the school in the late 1980s. Ron Ramsey, the current Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee, graduated in 1978 majoring in Industrial Technology. Ronald E. Carrier, a 1955 graduate, was the fourth President of James Madison University, serving from 1971 to 1998. Mike Smith, current Atlanta Falcons head coach, also attended ETSU. R. Alan King, awarded two Bronze Stars and author of Twice Armed: An American Soldiers Battle for Hearts and Minds in Iraq, graduated in 1987. Besse Cooper, the oldest person in the world from June 2011 to December 2012, graduated from East Tennessee Normal School in 1916.
Noted professional athletes include:
- Donnie Abraham, cornerback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001)
- Earl Ferrell, running back, St. Louis Cardinals (football) (1982-1989)
- Thane Gash, safety, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers (1988-1993)
- Gerald Sensabaugh, safety, Dallas Cowboys (2005-2012)
- Dave Campbell (pitcher), pitcher, Atlanta Braves (1977-1978)
- Ed Goodson, third baseman, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers (1970-1977)
- Atlee Hammaker, pitcher, led NL in ERA 1983, San Francisco Giants (1981-1995)
- Jim Mooney (baseball), pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants (1931-1934)
- Rhys Davies, European Tour golfer (2010-present)
- Larry Hinson, PGA Tour golfer (1968-1976)
- Mike Hulbert, PGA Tour golfer (1981-2001)
- J.C. Snead, PGA Tour golfer, member of Ryder Cup teams 1971, 1973 and 1975
- Bobby Wadkins, PGA Tour golfer (1973-2001)
- Garrett Willis, PGA Tour golfer (1995-present)
- Aaron Schoenfeld, forward, Columbus Crew, MLS soccer (2012-present)
- Keith "Mister" Jennings, NBA, Golden State Warriors (1992-1995)
- Harley Swift, ABA, San Antonio Spurs (1969-1974)
- Neil Cusack, long distance runner, 1974 Boston Marathon winner
- East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
- East Tennessee State University Arboretum
- Gray Fossil Site
- ETSU/Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center
- "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2013 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2011 to FY 2012". NACUBO.org. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Feb 4, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
- "Fact Book 2011". ETSU.edu. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
- "ETSU enrollment again tops 15,000". easttennessean.com. September 20, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2011.
- Hill, Jennifer (February 5, 2009). "Spring enrollment sets institutional records". ETSU.edu. Retrieved February 18, 2009.
- "About the TBR". TBR.state.tn.us. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
- "Overview of TN's Schools". Education-portal.com. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
- "Quick Facts". ETSU.edu. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
- "History". ETSU.edu. Retrieved June 27, 2007.
- ETSU pharmacy school accredited
- "ETSU to offer nation's first doctoral program in sport science and physiology". ETSU.edu. November 3, 2009. Retrieved November 11, 2009.
- "Office of the President". Retrieved October 18, 2012.
- "ETSU Annual Report FY12 Main Page". Retrieved October 18, 2012.
- "Appalachian Student Research Forum". Retrieved October 18, 2012.
- "Atlantic Sun All-Sports Race". AtlanticSun.org. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
- "Calabrese named head coach of inaugural men's soccer program at ETSU" (Press release). ETSUBucs.com. January 12, 2007. Retrieved July 7, 2007.
- Barber, Rex (January 29, 2013). "Update: ETSU Student Government votes yes on football". Johnson City Press. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
- Avento, Joe (March 29, 2013). "Former players cheer ETSU football's return". Johnson City Press. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
- Littleton, Wade (June 5, 2013). "ETSU to rejoin Southern Conference in 2014". The Rogersville Review. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
- "East Tennessee State University: Campus Life: Activities". College Board. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
- "Honors College". ETSU.edu. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
- "Kenny Chesney 1998 Distinguished Alumnus in the Arts". ETSU.edu. Archived from the original on June 25, 2007. Retrieved July 9, 2007.
- Official websites
- ETSU website
- ETSU athletics website
- ETSU Alumni Association
- ETSU Charles C. Sherrod Library
- ETSU Online Courses and Programs
- ETSU student newspaper East Tennessean
- ETSU Natural History Museum / Gray Fossil Site
- WETS 89.5 FM public radio
- Other websites
- History of East Tennessee State Normal School
- Buccaneer Nation: The official forum of ETSU athletics
- Buc Football and Friends Foundation
- The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture: East Tennessee State University