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College of Public Health

David Purkey

David Purkey

1981 Bachelor of Science in Health Education

Commissioner of Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security

"I love the “Bucs” and I’ll always treasure my time in the Tri-Cities during college. The campus environment along with the backdrop of Buffalo Mountain provided the best possible preparation for my future."  

Question: How did your education prepare you for the real world?

My education at ETSU absolutely molded my future, thoughts, work ethic, and abilities to deal effectively with people. I’ve spent most of my career in the public arena and my ETSU education, particularly in the public health field, gave me a heart for service.

Question: What is one thing you wish you had known when you were a student?  

I wish I’d known that a business course or two would have provided a perfect complement to any career field of choice. 

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