Nancy B. Stanton
2007 Honorary Alumni
Fully embracing the role of First Lady of East Tennessee State University, Nancy Lynn Brumit Stanton, wife of East Tennessee State University 's 8th President, Dr. Paul Stanton, is an integral part of the university community and of Johnson City. A proud mother of three, a doting grandmother, and dedicated wife, Stanton also performs the duties as a busy manager of Shelbridge, the historic home of ETSU's highest office holder. Her family duties are matched only by her official duties in support of her husband.
Stanton was born in Alabama and moved to Georgia in the sixth grade. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1966, where she majored in home economics. Stanton taught home economics and science for a period of three years before the birth of the couple's first child. In 1985, the Stanton 's moved to Johnson City with their three young children, Eric, Ryan and Shelley.
Stanton is a volunteer, decorator, gardener, hostess, and event planner all in one. She takes care of the entertaining at Shelbridge on behalf of ETSU. Many people and organizations visit Shelbridge, including all types of student organization, university benefactors and visiting dignitaries. Groups of all sizes visit for sit down dinners, snacks or just conversation. During many of the events, Stanton is the one who decorates and helps plan menus. With help from groundskeepers and housekeepers, each event is meticulously planned, no matter what the size, from greeting each guest, taking each coat and serving sufficient food to seeing the guests out and cleaning up, never mind determining how many people to expect to attend each event.
Each year, Shelbridge is exquisitely decorated for Christmas. Stanton, along with a few friends and staff members, coordinates all of the decorating themes for the season. After Christmas, Stanton makes plans each year, so that no two Christmases look alike at the house. All three trees inside the house are decorated, poinsettias are grouped together and greenery is arranged. Stanton scours the town to find additions to the Christmas décor every year. The reward is the reaction of faculty, staff, students and friends of the university who look forward to see Shelbridge after the decorating is complete.
Serving actively in the community to benefit youth is something dearly important to Stanton. She has been involved with youth in the community as president and vice president of the Girl Scouts of the Appalachian Council, having been a Girl Scout herself for 6 years and also a Girl Scout leader for 12 years. She is active with the international organization, PEO, which supports educational opportunities for women. She is also on the boards of the Wesley Foundation, Johnson City Public Schools Foundation, and Speedway Children's Charities. Stanton is active at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. Her activities in campus life at UGA included involvement with Delta Zeta Sorority, the Home Economics Association, being a University Resident Student Assistant, and a Danforth Scholar.