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Distinguished President’s Trust, President’s Society welcome new members
ETSU Foundation Carillon and Alumni Plaza

KINGSPORT (April 12, 2019) – A new campaign to raise support for East Tennessee State University through the ETSU Foundation was unveiled during an annual dinner held to recognize faithful supporters of the university on Friday, April 12, at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center.

The Distinguished President’s Trust (DPT) is comprised of more than 1,400 individuals, organizations and businesses whose cumulative giving to ETSU is in excess of $10,000 each, usually the result of annual giving or combinations of significant major or realized planned gifts. 

“In addition to recognizing our loyal donors, we are excited to announce the ‘Campaign for ETSU,’ a $120 million comprehensive drive that will allow ETSU to provide additional support for our students, faculty, programs and facilities,” said Pam Ritter, vice president for University Advancement.  “We have currently raised over $50 million toward this five-year campaign.  I look forward to having all of ETSU’s alumni, friends and the community involved in this extraordinary opportunity to help the university grow and fulfill its mission.”

“This evening is a celebration of campaigns,” ETSU President Brian Noland said.  “Campaigns have played an integral role in this institution throughout its history, from the initial campaign to establish the East Tennessee State Normal School in 1911 to the present.”

Noland recalled the drives to build the Quillen College of Medicine and the Gatton College of Pharmacy, as well as more recent efforts to establish new academic programs, return football to campus and construct the William B. Greene Jr. Stadium, and build the Martin Center for the Performing Arts.

“People campaign for ETSU because they believe in this institution,” Noland said.  “People campaign for ETSU because they believe in our mission – a mission to improve the quality of life for the people of this region.  Through the ‘Campaign for ETSU,’ you have the opportunity to further transform the lives of our students and change the landscape of higher education.”

The “Campaign for ETSU” aims to raise $21 million in student support, which will increase scholarships, study abroad opportunities, graduate student stipends and funding for participation at prestigious academic conferences. New endowments and distinguished professorships and chairs will be established through $23.5 million in faculty support, and $40.5 million will provide critical matching funds required by the state for future building and renovation projects.  In addition, $35 million in program support will provide the foundation for new academic programs that will attract students and position them to meet the needs of tomorrow’s employers.

Noland, along with ETSU Foundation Chairman Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Ronald V. Hite, welcomed 48 new members of the DPT and 29 new and rising members of the President’s Society during the formal dinner.

The newest DPT members include David and Deborah McNealy Arnold, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth L. Becker, Harry Edward Blevins Jr., Dan Browder, Carolyn and the late Warren Broyles, Dr. J. Gilbert Bryson, Central Baptist Church, Champion Chevrolet Cadillac, Tim and Kim Colvin, A. James and Sheila Cox, Philip Cox, Dr. Marvin H. Dickerson, Corintha McKee Duncan, The Friendship Foundation, Dr. Ronnie D. and Ronda Y. Gross, Harry and Lesley Hodges, Terry and Karen Johnson, Dr. Chambless R. Johnston III and Emmalea E. Johnston, Keller Williams Realty, Dr. and Mrs. James C. Kneff Jr., Tom and Barb Laing, Sandra M. Leonard, John N. and Bonnie E. Martin, Matthew Martin Massengale, Keith Miles, Kincaid and Allison Mills, Jean and Jim Murphy, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, Jim and Charlotte Pahris, Dick and Pat Peppler, Jean L. and the late Thomas L. Perry, Dr. and Mrs. Tim Powers, Michael R. Ralph, Eric and Lottie Ryans, Mitchell Sandos, the Shaw-Kortge Family Fund, Sister Cities of the Tri-Cities, Mike and Connie Stoots, E. Philip and Janet Stork, Jonathan and Amber Street, Dr. Richard and Phyllis Streeter, Dr. Marie Tedesco, Joseph and Twyla Trujillo, Drs. Carla R. and Tony R. Warner, Dean and Kathryn Wilhoit, Drs. Mark and Amy Young, and two anonymous donors.

The President’s Society is comprised of DPT members whose lifelong contributions to the ETSU Foundation exceed $50,000. Most of these donors are permanently recognized on the President’s Society Hall of Honor in Burgin E. Dossett Hall. 

The newest members of the Bronze Society, which recognizes donors with cumulative contributions of at least $50,000, include Larry A. Bowles; Dr. and Mrs. William Bridgforth; Richard G. Clarke; the Family of Carolyn K. Dupuy; Dr. Susan Bramlett Epps; FACE Amusement; Elizabeth Ann Hodges, in Memory of Robert L. Hodges Jr.; Cindy and David Huntley, in Memory of Dr. Mark Summers; Karl and Vickie Jordan; Rick and Wendy Lang; Victor Marma; Dr. Ralph and Pamela Myers; Dr. Cyrus and Deborah Nasseri; Allen R. and Kelly Broyles Rhea; Dr. Jack and Martha Rhoton; Dr. Deborah Sherman and Tim Siktberg; Stanley and Pam Vermillion; the Carruth J. Wagner M.D. Foundation; Thomas and Elizabeth Weems; Dr. Jim Wojcik; and two anonymous donors.

The Silver Society honors donors with cumulative contributions of at least $100,000. New members include Janet and James Ayers (Ayers Foundation), Jeff Blake, Crown Laboratories Inc., Dr. Ernest A. Daigneault, Sarah M. Davis, Dr. J. Scott and Carol H. Gentry, Edward Ho, the Kingsport College Foundation, the Kirbo Foundation, Jane and the late Robert LaPella, Pharmacy Plus, the late Joe and Bobbie Salyer, the late Shirley and Keith Turkett, Walgreens, and Stanley P. Williams.

New members of the Gold Society, recognizing donors with cumulative contributions of at least $500,000, are Dr. Bert C. Bach and Citizens Bank.

In addition, new members of the Legacy Circle were recognized.  The Legacy Circle is comprised of individuals who have shown support for ETSU and its students by making a planned or deferred gift to the ETSU Foundation.  The new members include Dr. Paul E. and Emily S. Bayes, Jeff Blake, Nancy Earnest, Dr. Mary Nelle Hampton, Aaron R. Heaton and Shelley D. Crowder-Heaton, Dr. C. Suzanne Huffman, Dr. Thomas Jenrette, Tom and Barb Laing, Dr. Michael and Vivian McIntire, Drs. David Glenn Smith and Janet S. Shibamoto-Smith, William H. “Sandy” Thomason, Bruce Tranbarger, and an anonymous donor.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Hill


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