ETSU Facts & History

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What's In A Name?
By any other name, it is still ETSU:
  • 1911 East Tennessee State Normal School
  • 1925 East Tennessee State Teachers College
  • 1930 State Teachers College, Johnson City
  • 1943 East Tennessee State College
  • 1963 East Tennessee State University


Founded  1911 (as East Tennessee State Normal School)                    
Students Over 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students
Location Main Campus: Johnson City (population 61,990), in the northeastern tip of the state bordered by Virginia and North Carolina
Colleges and Schools Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy
Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Business and Technology
College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences
College of Nursing
College of Public Health
Honors College
James H. Quillen College of Medicine
School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach
School of Graduate Studies
Facilities Include Center for Academic Achievement (fall 2010)
ETSU and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitor Center
Governors and Centennial residence halls
Scott M. Niswonger Digital Media Center
State-of-the-art Charles C. Sherrod Library
Warren-Greene Golf Center
Wayne G. Basler Center for Physical Activity
Athletics 17 sports
Atlantic Sun Conference, NCAA Division I
U.S. Olympic Training Site for Weightlifting
Team Name      Buccaneers
School Colors Navy Blue and Old Gold
Presidential Lineage


Sidney G. Gilbreath
1911-1925

Charles C. Sherrod
1925-1949

Burgin E. Dossett, Sr.
1949-1968

D.P. Culp
1968-1977

Arthur H. DeRosier, Jr.
1977-1980

Ronald E. Beller
1980-1991

Bert C. Bach
(Interim)
1991-1992

Roy S. Nicks
1992-1996

Paul E. Stanton, Jr.
1997-2012

Dr. Brian Noland 
Brian Noland
2012-Present