Dr. Wade B. McCamey '68, '72, '76
2007 Distinguished Alumnus in Higher Education
A native of Greeneville, McCamey taught geography and biology in the Greene County School system prior to becoming one of East Tennessee's youngest high school principals at the age of 26 when he was hired to lead Chuckey-Doak High School. Two years later, in 1974, he served as assistant director of the Upper East Tennessee Educational Cooperative before returning to Chuckey-Doak as principal.
In 1979, he began a long-time career with Walters State Community College when he was hired to direct the college's evening and off-campus instruction and to teach educational psychology. He was named assistant dean and associate dean of evening and off-campus instruction before leaving the college temporarily when he was elected superintendent of Greene County Schools in 1988.
McCamey returned to Walters State in 1992 as chairperson of the behavioral/social sciences division and associate professor of education. While serving as chairperson of the behavioral/social sciences division, he also chaired the college's humanities division for a year before being named vice president for academic affairs in 1997. McCamey served in this position until 2001, when he was named president of Roane State Community College. During his four-year tenure at Roane State, the college became the only public institution of higher education in Tennessee to achieve a perfect score for three consecutive years on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission's performance funding standards. Also under his leadership, Roane State developed a new, permanent off-campus center in Campbell County.
In 2005, McCamey returned to Walters State when he was named president of the college. The success McCamey had at Roane State in THEC's performance funding carried over to Walters State when the college achieved a perfect score of 100 for the first time in its history during his first year as president. He has also overseen the fundraising, planning and expansion of the Walters State Sevier County Campus. Over $9.5 million has been raised to build two new buildings on the campus.
McCamey earned three degrees from ETSU: a bachelor's degree in geography and biology, a master's degree in education administration and a doctorate in education administration. He also has an associate's degree in business administration from Hiwassee College.