Mr. R. Stan Puckett
2002 Honorary Alumni
"East Tennessee Sate University is the most important entity between Knoxville and Roanoke." That is the opinion of one of the university's biggest supporters, Stan Puckett, Chairman, President, and CEO of Greene County Bank. He also has another reason to love ETSU, that's where he found his true love...his wife Kay. Puckett, who holds a B.S. degree in business administration from Bristol College, has been a regular at ETSU ball games since Kay went to school here in the mid 1970s. The couple started dating when Kay was a junior at ETSU and they went to athletic events together. Puckett recalls the tremendous pride he had in watching his wife graduate from ETSU. She received a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1978.
They were married two weeks later. The couple now has two children, Cameron and Carling.
Banking is in Puckett's blood. He began his career as a commercial loan officer at the Bank of Virginia in Bristol and moved to Asheville, N.C., in 1983 to assume the Assistant Vice President position at First Union National Bank. Puckett says he remained actively involved as a spectator at ETSU sporting events until 1985. Then, his family moved to Johnson City when he was named the regional president of First American National Bank. Puckett learned ETSU has an excellent banking focus in the curriculum when he became a member of the ETSU College of Business Chair of Banking Advisory Board. He was asked to be a member of the Pirate Club where he has served as a director on its board. He has also provided his expertise on the ETSU Foundation board for many years and says that ETSU "touches the lives of more people and has more impact on the region than any other organization."
In addition to his many commitments at ETSU, Puckett currently serves as a director or trustee for the Bank Compensation Strategies National Advisory Board in Minneapolis, Minn., Greeneville/Greene County Industrial Bond Board, Ridgeway Insurance Company board, Greene County Foundation, the Tennessee Board for Economic Growth/Building Finance Committee, and Greene County Bancshares Inc. He recently served as president of the Tennessee Bankers Association and is the past co-president of the Greeneville City School Foundation. He is also the past chairman of the East Tennessee/Southwest Virginia #1 Committee and past president of the Greeneville/Greene County United Way. Puckett has also been associated with the Boys Scouts of America, Junior Achievement, Girl Scouts, Greeneville YMCA, and served as a trustee of the Mountain States Health Alliance. Under Puckett's leadership, Greene County Bank has grown into an $840 million community bank with offices in Greene, Blount, Knox, Hamblen, Sullivan, Washington, Cocke, Monroe, McMinn, Hawkins and Loudon counties in Tennessee and Hot Springs, N.C.
Through his enduring support, Stan Puckett has become a loyal friend of East Tennessee State University.