President's Bio

Dr Brain Noland

Dr. Brian Noland became the ninth president of East Tennessee State University in January 2012 after serving for six years as Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education System.

Prior to that, he served as the associate executive director for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission where his job duties included the development and implementation of the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship program. In the past, he has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Vanderbilt University, Nashville State Community College and Tennessee State University.

A year after arriving at ETSU, Dr. Noland launched a major arts initiative to move forward a long-standing dream of the university to build a performing arts center.  Within his first year, he also established the Committee for 125, which guided a year-long visioning process that outlined strategic goals and opportunities for the university to consider in advance of its 125th anniversary in 2036.

Other highlights of Dr. Noland’s tenure at ETSU include advancing scholarship offerings; creating a team to explore a new budget model for the institution; leading a new branding initiative for ETSU; overseeing a number of pedestrian safety improvements on campus; advocating for improved salaries for faculty and staff; and guiding the process for the return of football and marching band.

In addition to the construction of the fine and performing arts facility, other major projects that will soon commence under Dr. Noland’s leadership include the construction of a new football stadium, renovations to the D.P. Culp University Center, and the creation of a simulation laboratory for students in the ETSU Academic Health Sciences Center. Throughout his time at ETSU, Dr. Noland has emphasized the importance of regional stewardship and the role of the institution in transforming the lives of the people of Appalachia and beyond. 

 Noland holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public policy studies, both from West Virginia University. He earned a Ph.D. in political sciences from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

He is married to Donna Noland, of Greeneville, Tenn. The couple has one son, Jackson.

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