The guiding principle in all we do and say at East Tennessee State University must be respect for the individual. Through our teaching, research, and public service, we must affirm the fundamental human values of courage, honor, pride, compassion, tolerance, and understanding. These values transcend time and place. They transcend technology. They rise above educational trends. They are the enduring principles that must be observed in order for the human race to flourish.
-Paul E. Stanton, Jr., ETSU President