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ETSU Retirees Association
Annual Meeting Minutes
Friday, October 24, 2003


The Annual Meeting of ETSURA was held in Dining Room 2, Third floor, D.P. Culp Center.  President Betty Moore called the meeting to order at 11:05 a.m.  There were approximately 73 in attendance. Ms. Moore called upon Dr. Granger to offer a prayer.  She then introduced Dr. Paul Stanton, University President of ETSU, to present a discussion of recent activities at the University.


Dr. Stanton indicated that the major challenge for the University is funding.  It would appear there may be another 5% cutback for both the 2003-2004 and the 2004-2005 academic years.  In spite of fiscal constraints, he mentioned the many positives the university has accomplished over the past several months. These are:


-        Many partnership efforts with the surrounding community and businesses.

-        Being considered a model university for the SACS accrediting program utilized by the 750 schools in the South.

-        Passing with flying colors our own application for accreditation.

-        Development of a research foundation, the first in Tennessee higher education schools.

-        Development of innovative laboratories in the old Marine Corps building. Presently 12 incubator businesses are located there.

-        Eastman Chemical Company supporting a Chair of Excellence in Business.

-        The Gray Fossil site is becoming internationally known. Funding is almost complete for the construction of a visitor and science center there.

-        Private giving has exceeded $15 million this past year.

-        Doctorate programs have been developed in Audiology, Nursing, and Physical Therapy.  Doctoral programs are being developed in Public Health and Psychology.

-        There are presently 11,870 students enrolled. Next year’s enrollment  is expected to exceed 12,000.

-        The graduation rate for athletic students is #1 in the South.

-        Dr. Stanton praised the hardworking faculty and staff for the continued forward movement and excellence in programs at the University.


Following Dr. Stanton's presentation instructions were given and vote taken to fill the four vacancies which will occur on the ETSURA board next year.


Lunch was then served.

After lunch it was announced that Betty Tester, Pauline Cross, Dorman Stout, and Ed Williams had won a place on next year’s ETSURA Board. Their terms begin in January.


Mr. Murry Bartow, Head Basketball Coach, was then introduced.  He gave several enthusiastic remarks about the team and the possibilities for the coming season.


Ms. Moore urged the members present to maintain their good record of the past and to join this year’s Employee Giving Campaign.


There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at approximately 12:50 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,





Charles L. Votaw


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