Tradition, honor, integrity and pride are all words that can describe East Tennessee State University, but they also illustrate the character and personality of one of the university's most beloved figures. Dr. Dorman Stout, Jr., grew up in Johnson City and graduated from ETSC in 1952. He then traveled to the Teachers College of Columbia University where he obtained his master's degree in student personnel administration. Dr. Stout then responded to the call to serve his country, where he was a communications officer on a U.S. Navy destroyer and attained the rank of full lieutenant. Following his active duty, Stout earned his doctorate degree at Florida State University, where he served on the staff of the dean of students and later at Furman University as the dean of men.Dr. Stout and his family returned to his hometown in 1966 when he was named ETSU's director of financial aid and assistant dean of students, as well as a member of the ETSU faculty. Two years later, he was promoted to dean of students and held that title until 1984, when the position was changed to Vice President for Student Affairs. While teaching, advising, and counseling thousands at his alma mater, Stout established a reputation as a chief advocate for students. After 30 years of service Dr. Stout retired, but still remained active at the university and in the community.
Currently, he is a member of the Johnson City Schools Foundation, the Tipton-Haynes Historical Foundation, a trustee for Holston Presbytery, and a member of the Johnson City/Washington County Keep America Beautiful Council. He served on the board of directors for the Watauga Mental Health Center and one term on the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drugs. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Johnson City where he sings in the choir, was a member of the Senior Pastor Search Committee, and has served as a deacon/elder of the church.
In addition to his many community activities, Dr. Stout was an integral part of creating and implementing the ETSU PRIDE Week program. He worked tirelessly with other volunteers to spread the ETSU PRIDE message throughout the community and help make it a success not only in Johnson City, but also throughout the region. He is a former president of the ETSU Alumni Association and served as a representative for the Alumni Association on the steering committee for ETSU's Self Study Re-accreditation. In 1996, Dr. Stout was given an Award of Honor from the Alumni Association. He was on the Operating Board of ETSU's Presbyterian Campus Ministry, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi. He is the immediate past president of ETSU's Retiree Association and still remains on that organization's board of directors. Besides receiving an award tonight, Dr. Stout will continue the tradition of leading the singing of the alma mater at the end of tonight's awards program. In fact, his musical talents have been lent to over 100 weddings where Dr. Stout has sung for friends, former students, and ETSU staff members. In his leisure time, Dr. Stout continues to play golf and tennis as much as possible. He is also an avid swimmer and loves to travel.
Dr. Stout and his wife Betty are currently in the process of establishing the Dorman G. Stout, Jr., Student Leadership Scholarship. The couple continues to live in Johnson City and has two children, Jenny Benton and Benton Stout. They also enjoy spending time with their two grandchildren, as well as two nephews, Doug and Greg Janz, who lived with the family for several years.