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Dr. Brian Noland became the ninth president of East Tennessee State University in January 2012 after serving for six years as Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education System.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public policy studies, both from West Virginia University. He earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Under Dr. Noland’s leadership, ETSU has moved into an era of construction that, in a compressed five-year window, may very well serve as the largest amount of projects and dollars spent on projects in the history of the institution. These projects include the construction of a performing arts center, a new football stadium and the creation of an interprofessional center for the health sciences. Renovations to the D.P. Culp University Center and Lamb Hall are also in the works.
Dr. Noland has also guided long-term visioning processes at the university as well as the exploration of a new budget model for the institution and the establishment of a new ETSU brand.
Earlier this year, Dr. Noland was elected to the board of directors for the American Council on Education, which is the premier coordinating body for all higher education institutions in the United States and is represented by approximately 1,800 college and university presidents and the executives of related associations. He represents the state of Tennessee on the American Association of State Colleges and University’s Council of State Representatives; serves on the board of the American Council for Education; is a board member of the Johnson City-Jonesborough-Washington County Chamber of Commerce as well as Launch Tennessee, a state-funded, nonprofit organization that works to grow new businesses in the state; and is a member of the Washington County Economic Development Council’s Industrial Development Board.
Dr. Noland also is an Institute of Higher Education fellow at the University of Georgia.
He is married to Donna Fox Noland, of Greeneville, Tennessee. The couple has one son, Jackson.