Tuesday, November 25, 2008JOHNSON CITY – Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr., who became the eighth president of East Tennessee State University on Jan. 1, 1997, will be the keynote speaker for both the 10 a.m. and the 2 p.m. commencement ceremonies at ETSU on Saturday, Dec. 13, in Memorial Center (the Mini-Dome).
A native of Atlanta, Stanton earned a bachelor of arts in chemistry at Emory University in 1965 and was awarded an M.D. degree from the Medical College of Georgia four years later. His internship in rotating surgery was completed through Tampa General Hospital at the University of South Florida, where he was chosen from 23 interns to receive the Upjohn Intern of the Year Award in 1970.
Stanton went on to a surgical residency at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta from 1970-74 and then began a one-year fellowship in vascular surgery at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. He received board certification in general surgery in 1976 and gained special certification in general vascular surgery in 1983.
Between 1975-83, Stanton directed the Surgical Residency Education Program at Georgia Baptist Medical Center, where he also served as active attending physician (1975-85) and as director of the Blood Flow Lab (1976-85). An assistant clinical professor of surgery with the Medical College of Georgia (1980-85), he became chief of surgery at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in 1982 and assistant director of the Medical Education Department the following year. Stanton also co-directed the Georgia Baptist Medical Center/Medical College of Georgia Vascular Fellowship from 1980-85 and was an adjunct professor of medicine at Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy from 1982-85.
In 1985, Stanton came to Johnson City as director of the Division of Peripheral Vascular Surgery for the Veterans Administration Medical Center and ETSU’s College of Medicine (a position he held for six years) and served as associate professor of surgery at the university. The following year, he was named professor and chair of the Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine. In 1988, he became dean of the James H. Quillen College of Medicine and vice president for Health Affairs at ETSU.
In November 1996, Stanton was selected as the university president by the Tennessee Board of Regents, ETSU’s governing board and the largest higher education system in the state, as well as the sixth largest in the nation.
Stanton’s professional memberships are many, and his community and statewide service is extensive. He is also heavily involved in academic committees and advisory councils from ETSU to the national level.
He has authored over 80 articles for a variety of medical publications and several chapters for books, delivered over 100 scientific and poster presentations, worked to attract millions of dollars in grants to ETSU, and from 1988-95 served as associate editor of Vascular Surgery. A member of Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa, Stanton can be found in the Directory of Distinguished Americans for Achievement in Surgery, Men of Achievement, Outstanding Atlantans, and Who’s Who in the Southwest.
In 1997, then Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist appointed Stanton to the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). In 2002, Stanton was elected vice chairman of the SREB, which is America’s first interstate compact for education with 16 member states. He was re-elected vice chairman in 2003-2005.
Stanton co-chaired the Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia Economic Summit, which was held in May 1998. And, in 1999, he represented the university as a delegate in the All-America City competition that culminated in the Tri-Cities TN/VA becoming the nation’s first All-America City Region.
In January 2002, Stanton-Gerber Hall was dedicated on the grounds of the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs