Monday, October 20, 2008JOHNSON CITY –East Tennessee State University President Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr. has announced that longtime employee Fred Sauceman will serve as chair of the university’s 100th anniversary celebration.
Sauceman, who began work at ETSU in 1985, was the longest-serving public relations director in the university’s history. He now holds the titles of senior writer, executive assistant to the president for Public Affairs, and associate professor of Appalachian Studies.
Sauceman’s association with ETSU dates back to 1976, when he entered as a student. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and history and a master of arts degree in English from ETSU.
The university plans to celebrate its centennial for an entire year, beginning in 2010 and culminating in the fall of 2011. Sauceman served as a member of the university’s 75th anniversary committee, which also conducted a yearlong observance, in 1985-86.
“Fred has deep appreciation and respect for the history and traditions of ETSU,” Stanton said. “Among his many projects and accomplishments, he worked with the late Dr. Frank B. Williams Jr. in publishing our university history, ETSU: A University’s Story. And Fred’s own book, Home and Away: A University Brings Food to the Table, is both cookbook and chronicle of the history and culture of ETSU.”
In the coming months, the university will name a Centennial Celebration Committee, to be composed of representatives from the campus and community.
ETSU opened its doors on October 2, 1911, as East Tennessee State Normal School, on land donated to the state by the late railroad magnate and coal-mining entrepreneur George L. Carter. From an initial enrollment of 29 students, the university has grown to a current level of nearly 14,000.