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For over 111 years, the stories of East Tennessee State University’s students, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors have been woven together to tell a much bigger story – the story of an institution improving the quality of life for the people of  the Appalachian Highlands. Today, like never before, ETSU is poised to leave a lasting impact.

That is why we ask you to join us in the Campaign for ETSU. You have the opportunity to transform the lives of our students and change the landscape of higher education.

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A lifetime of hopes, dreams, and aspirations

Your investments in the Campaign for ETSU provide resources necessary to enable our students to achieve a lifetime of hopes, dreams, and aspirations. These investments carry forth as our students graduate and leave our campus empowered to improve their communities and the world.


We have successes to share – helping others in times of crisis, stories of a new stadium, a center for the arts, numerous scholarship opportunities, a privately funded pharmacy school, endowed chairs and professorships for faculty, and more – stories written by people like you.

Our Priorities (Goals)

$120M Total Goal 
All data current as of 12/6/22

Student Support

The Campaign for ETSU will recruit and retain the best and brightest undergraduate and graduate students by offering competitive scholarships, study abroad opportunities, graduate student stipends, and funding for participation at prestigious academic conferences.
$21M for Students
*Note: student support and scholarships will always be one of our highest priorities. While it appears we have achieved this specific goal, we will continue to seek support for students.

Faculty Support

23.5M for Faculty

The Campaign for ETSU will empower our faculty through opportunities such as distinguished professorships and chairs as well as new endowments. Faculty are the lifeblood of ETSU. The minds and lives of tomorrow’s leaders are influenced by them. Through their teaching and research, our faculty share new knowledge and shape new ideas.

Facility Support

The Campaign for ETSU will provide critical matching funds required by the State of Tennessee for future building and renovation projects, breathing new life into our campus home. Facilities help transform the experience of our students, impacting everything from where they learn to where they sleep.

$40.5M for Facilities

Program Support

*Note: support for programs and centers will always be one of our highest priorities. While it appears we have achieved this specific goal, we will continue to seek support for programs and centers.
The Campaign for ETSU will be the foundation for exciting new academic programs that will attract students and ultimately transform their lives.  Deans and campus leaders are closely following emerging market demands in order to position ETSU students to meet the needs of tomorrow's employers.

*As of 6/30/22, an additional $10.6M in Unrestricted funding has been secured.


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Campaign Committee

Lt. Gen (Ret.) Ron Hite, Campaign Chair | Fall Branch, TN

Janet Ayers | Nashville, TN
Gordon Ball | Knoxville, TN
Mike Browder | Bristol, TN
Jan Brown | McLean, VA
Richard Clarke | Woodstock, GA
David Farmer | Knoxville, TN
Carroll Gentry | Penhook, VA
Casey Hammontree | Signal Mountain, TN

Tammy Hawes | Brentwood, TN
Thomas Kwasigroch | Johnson City, TN
Don Raines | Gray, TN
Mark Thomas | Atlanta, GA
Lorisa Williams | Atlanta, GA
Guy Wilson | Jonesborough, TN
Eleanor Yoakum | Tazewell, TN