Community reacts to ETSU President Brian Noland named UT Chancellor Finalist

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ETSU’s President Brian Noland is a finalist to become the next UT Knoxville Chancellor.

Doctor Brian Noland has been named one of four finalists for the chancellor position.  

Noland earned a PH.D. in political science from the University of Tennessee and once was a finalist for the job of UT president.

Eight-years-ago, he ended up at ETSU where he led the return of the school’s football program, and the construction of a new stadium and performing arts center.

“We have gained so much progress within the community of the college and within recognition of our region,” said Scott Niswonger, Chairman of ETSU’s Board of Trustees. “We are gaining in student enrollment.”

Niswonger believes if Noland goes to Knoxville, replacing him will be tough.

“It’s going to be a major challenge for the presidential search committee to replace someone of Brian’s caliber,” he said.

In an email to East Tennessee State University Students, Noland thanked the ETSU community for its patience and support as his faimly explores this opportunity.

Jarring news for some who say he was a big reason why they chose to attend ETSU.

“The way he acted about ETSU and the pride he had for the school here, that was one of the reasons I thought this is going to be a good experience here,” said Andrew Taylor, a student.

“I’d like to have a good president, said Kourtni Odum, a student. “Somebody who I can be personable with and he is someone I feel like I can do that when he’s always nice and energetic.”

Noland is scheduled to visit the UT Knoxville campus next Wednesday to meet with campus leaders, key faculty, staff and students. No word on when UT will make a final decision on the chancellor job.

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