East Tennessee State University
|Motto||The University of choice.|
|Established||October 2, 1911|
|Endowment||$115 million (2014)|
|Chancellor||Charles W. Manning|
|Provost||Bert C. Bach|
|866 (Fall 2011)|
|Postgraduates||2,144 (Spring 2009)|
|445 (Fall 2010)|
|723 (Spring 2009)|
|Location||Johnson City, Tennessee, United States|
|Campus||Urban, 340 acres (1.4 km2)|
|Colors||Navy blue and Gold
|Athletics||NCAA Division I, SoCon
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 and Elizabethton.
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 was founded as East Tennessee State Normal School in 1911 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.
By 1930, the school's name had changed again to East Tennessee State Teacher's College, Johnson City. 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 East Tennessee State 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, focuses on sports science and physiology in athletics. It features concentrations in sport physiology and sport performance and started in 2010.
- 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
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 Southern Conference. The Buccaneers rejoined the Southern Conference in July 2014 after competing in the Atlantic Sun since 2003, when they dropped football. 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 football, 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. In May 2013, the ETSU Baseball team won their first ASUN Conference Championship and their second NCAA Regional berth. Kerry Doane received the Conference pitcher of the year award. He was drafted in the 24th round by the Cleveland Indians. In May 2014, ETSU Pitcher and 1st baseman, Clinton Freeman was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.
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 Athletic Director Dr. Sander hired former UNC head football coach, Carl Torbush to lead the restart of football in Johnson City, TN. Coach Torbush signed his first class in February 2014. It has also known that the Mini-Dome will not be the host of the home games; ETSU plans to build a brand new football stadium. Because of the addition of football, ETSU, rejoined 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. 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 (BCPA) was opened. The building contains recreational facilities such as an indoor 40-foot (12 m) climbing wall, walking / jogging track, raquetball / basketball courts, an indoor swimming pool, meeting rooms 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.
ETSU Campus Recreation completed an expansion of the BCPA in 2013 and also opened the Campus Recreation Field Complex. The BCPA expansion included a volleyball / indoor soccer/basketball court, a martial arts studio, a yoga studio, a change room, an extra 4,000 square foot area for the weight room, and a cycling studio.
The Campus Recreation Field Complex includes Field 1- a multi-use field designed for softball and flag football and Field 2- a natural grass multi-use field designed for softball but can also accommodate flag football, soccer and other sports. There is a field house and a covered pavilion overlooking Field 1 which provides a great location for teams to gather before or after an intramural game. 
Just thirty minutes from campus students can hike on the Appalachian Trail, view wildflowers in a national wilderness area, or explore the world famous rhododendron gardens atop Roan Mountain (elevation 6,285 feet). Nearby mountain streams attract students who love trout fishing and/or waterfalls. These streams also create lake recreation for skiers and boaters. Over the mountain ridges in North Carolina, students in winter can find snow ski resorts and lodges. An hour away awaits the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Academic and administrative facilities
- Alexander Hall (University High School)
- Burgin E. Dossett Hall (Administration/School of Graduate Studies)
- Burleson Hall (English)
- Campus Center Building (Theatre/Women's Studies)
- Charles C. Sherrod Library
- D.M. Brown Hall (Sciences)
- D.P. Culp University Center
- Ernest C. Ball Hall (Fine Arts)
- ETSU/Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center (Mini-Dome)
- Gilbreath Hall (College of Arts and Sciences/Math/Foreign Language/Bud Frank Theatre)
- Hillrise Hall (Social Work)
- Hutcheson Hall (Family/Consumer Sciences)
- John P. Lamb, Jr. Hall (College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences/College of Public Health)
- Mathes Hall (Music)
- Memorial Hall (Brooks Gym)
- Reece Museum
- Rogers-Stout Hall (Social Studies (History, Psychology, Anthropology, Political Science, Criminal Justice))
- Ross Hall (Geosciences)
- Roy S. Nicks Hall (College of Nursing/Computer Science)
- Sam Wilson Hall (College of Business & Technology)
- Scott M. Niswonger Digital Media Center
- Warf-Pickel Hall (Education/Communication)
- Wayne G. Basler Center for Physical Activity (CPA)
- Wilson-Wallis Hall (Technology)
- Yoakley Hall (International Programs/Honors College)
- Buccaneer Ridge Apartments (Co-ed, 1998 (Phase I), 2004 (Phase II), 2010 (Phase III)), 2012 (Phase IV)
- Carter Hall (Women, 1911)
- Centennial Hall (Co-ed, 2009)
- Davis Apartments (Co-ed, 1972)
- Dossett Hall (Men, 1966)
- Governors Hall (Co-ed, 2007)
- Lucille Clement Hall (Co-ed, 1967)
- Luntsford Apartments (Women, 1971)
- Powell Hall (Men, 1961)
- Stone Hall (Co-ed, 1952)
- West Hall (Women, 1963)
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.
- Donnie Abraham, cornerback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996–2001)
- Eric Axley, PGA Tour golfer (1997-present)
- Barry Bales, bass player and harmony vocalist, Union Station
- Marsha Beasley, noted NCAA rifle coach West Virginia University career record 149-16
- Dave Campbell, pitcher, Atlanta Braves (1977–1978)
- Ronald E. Carrier, fourth President of James Madison University (1971–1998)
- Jo Carson, American playwright, poet and fiction writer
- Jamey Chadwell, head football coach Charleston Southern University (2013–present)
- Kenny Chesney, four-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year
- Besse Cooper, oldest person in the world from June 2011 until December 2012
- Patrick J. Cronin, professor and head of theatre in the Department of Communication, actor
- Neil Cusack, middle / long distance runner, won 1974 Boston Marathon
- Rhys Davies, European Tour golfer (2010–present)
- David Eger, current Champions Tour golfer / former PGA Tour golfer
- Earl Ferrell, running back, St. Louis Cardinals (football) (1982–1989)
- Ray Flynn, Olympic (Ireland) middle distance runner, eighty-nine (89) sub-four minute miles
- Thane Gash, safety, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers (1988–1993)
- Joseph R. Garber, American author
- Ed Goodson, third baseman, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers (1970–1977)
- J. Ronnie Greer, United States Federal Judge
- Atlee Hammaker, pitcher, San Francisco Giants (1981–1995)
- Larry Hinson, PGA Tour golfer (1968–1976)
- Mike Hulbert, PGA Tour golfer (1981–2001)
- Earl Gladstone Hunt, Jr., American evangelist and former president of Emory and Henry College (1956–1964)
- Steven James, American novelist
- Keith "Mister" Jennings, NBA Golden State Warriors (1992–1995)
- Kenneth P. Johnson, American newspaper editor, Dallas Times Herald
- Ric Keller, four term United States Congressman representing Florida's 8th district
- R. Alan King, awarded two Bronze Stars and author of Twice Armed: An American Soldiers Battle for Hearts and Minds in Iraq
- Herbert Theodore Milburn, United States Federal Judge
- Jim Mooney, pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants (1931–1934)
- Barclay Radebaugh, head basketball coach Charleston Southern University
- Ron Ramsey, Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee (2007–present)
- Mo Sabri, recording artist
- Marcus Satterfield, offensive coordinator at Temple (2013–present)
- Bryan Lewis Saunders, visual and performance artist
- Aaron Schoenfeld, forward, Columbus Crew, MLS soccer (2012–present)
- Gerald Sensabaugh, safety, Dallas Cowboys (2005–2012)
- Mike Smith, former head coach, Atlanta Falcons
- J.C. Snead, PGA Tour golfer, member of Ryder Cup teams in 1971, 1973, 1975
- Adam Steffey, bluegrass mandolinist (Alison Krauss & Union Station, Mountain Heart)
- Harley Swift, ABA, San Antonio Spurs (1969–1974)
- Phyllis Tickle, American author and lecturer
- Jack Vest, noted collegiate athlete and American Football League / NFL official, Super Bowl II referee
- Bobby Wadkins, PGA Tour golfer (1973–2011)
- Garrett Willis, PGA Tour golfer (1995–present)
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