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Office of Community & Government Relations

Office of the President

Office of Government Relations

Our Mission: Develop relationships that showcase and provide ETSU resources and services which are mutually beneficial to local, state and federal community and governmental partners. 

Functions of the office:  Responsible to the university president for developing and implementing the institution's political engagement strategy with federal, state and local elected officials, regulatory agencies, and key policy makers; representing the institution before key government officials and policy makers; advising the President and institution Senior Staff on the impact of proposed legislation and determining an appropriate response; and performing other related duties as assigned.



ETSU Legislative Luncheon

The Gray Fossil Site & Museum - Gray, TN

October 17, 2017

President Noland speaking to legislators

      Tour of Gray


Tour of Gray 1



ETSU Legislative Luncheon

The Hermitage Hotel - Nashville, TN

February 7, 2017


Dr. Noland and Legislative Interns Govenor Haslam


The Business Journal of Tri-Cities, TN/VA 2016 Healthcare Heroes

 July 15, 2016

2016 Healthcare Heroes holding their awards

PHOTO: (front, l-r) Jennifer Whitehead: Healthcare Hero; Patti Vanhook: Healthcare Hero; Ginny Kidwell: Healthcare Hero; (back, l-r) Randy Wykoff: Cup of Kindness, Community Service; Mike Stoots: Cup of Kindness, Innovention; Rob Pack: Healthcare Hero.

Healthcare Heroes are the men and women who go above and beyond the call of duty every day to keep our region's people and businesses well cared for.



Governor Bill Haslam signs the FOCUS Bill into law at ETSU

June 13, 2016

TN Governor Bill Haslam signs FOCUS Bill into law, accompanied by state legislators and ETSU President Brian Noland.PHOTO: Governor Bill Haslam (seated) is accompanied at the FOCUS signing event by (l-r) ETSU President Brian Noland, Representative David Hawk, Representative Bud Hulsey, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, Senator Rusty Crowe, Senator Steve Southerland, Representative Jon Lundberg, Representative John Holsclaw, and Representative Matthew Hill.

ETSU President Brian Noland speaks to the audience about FOCUS bill before the signing event. President Brian Noland welcomes Governor Bill Haslam to ETSU for the FOCUS Bill signing on June 13, 2016.

TN Governor Bill Haslam speaks to audience about FOCUS Bill.     Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey speaks to the audience about  the FOCUS Bill.



 ETSU Civility Week

March 28 - April 3, 2016

ETSU Associate Vice President for Community and Government Relations, Bridget Baird, poses with former Speaker of the U.S. House, Newt Gingrich on March 31, 2016PHOTO: Bridget Baird, ETSU Associate Vice President for Community & Government Relations (left) and Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (right).

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, addressed "Civility in Politics" in a public lecture at ETSU on March 31st.




Governor Bill Haslam walks across campus with President NolandETSU President Brian Noland escorts Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on a tour of the Johnson City main campus




Government Relations Advisory Council

Mike Fishman
George Jaynes
Bill Jenkins
CeeGee McCord
Richard Montgomery
Dr. Jack Parton
Dr. Mack Patton
Dennis Phillips
Sindy Ramsey
Melissa Steagall-Jones

Dr. Brian Noland
Bridget Baird

University Government

Student Government Association

Faculty Senate

Staff Senate

University Governance Organizations

Register to Vote

Tennessee Voter Registration

Your TN Voter Registration Information

Find Your TN County Election Office

The office of Adult, Commuter & Transfer Services in the Division of Student Affairs can provide students, faculty & staff with voter registration forms for those who wish to to register to vote in the state of Tennessee. You can stop by their office at any time during business hours to pick up a form. Once the form is completed, you can mail it to your County Election Commission office or bring it to the ACTS office & they will gladly mail it for you.

Register to Vote in Another State


ETSU Regional Effect on Communities

ETSU Economic Impact Study

ETSU Fact Book

TBR Legislative Digests

2016 Legislative Compilation

2015 Legislative Compilation

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