The President’s Pride is an honorary service organization unique among student groups at East Tennessee State University.
Since the organization’s inception in 1978, the students of President’s Pride have volunteered to assist their university. The group is comprised of 75 members, each with at least a 3.0 grade point average. They are nominated by faculty, staff, or current members of President’s Pride. During a typical selection process, more than 100 student names are placed in nomination. Of those, some 60 are interviewed by a panel of Pride members and ETSU staff, and about half of those individuals are invited to join the organization.
Clad in navy blue polo shirts or, on formal occasions, sweater sets for women and blue shirts and ties for men, the group brings together representatives of all class years and a wide variety of majors. International scholars and non-traditional students can be found within the ranks as well.
During the academic year, President’s Pride serves anywhere there is a need. Members assist ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland at official functions held at the presidential residence, Shelbridge, and they serve as ushers at commencement exercises. They help the “Golden 50s”--alumni celebrating their 50th ETSU reunion—to don golden caps and gowns for a photo session, and they scoop special desserts at an alumni ice cream social. Branching out into the community, members work behind the scenes at the “Taste of Johnson City.” During the 2008-2009 academic year, members, each working at a few events per semester, collectively amassed more than 271 volunteer hours.
Contact: Carol Fox, 439-5710