ETSU President Brian Noland finalist for UT Knoxville Chancellor job


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- News Channel 11 has learned ETSU’s President is a finalist to become the next UT Knoxville Chancellor.

As a finalist, Brian Noland will be participating in campus public forum sessions.

The following are a list of finalists for the job and when they will be participating in these forums: 

  • Donde Plowman, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    Tuesday, April 16 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Student Union Auditorium
  • Brian Noland, president of East Tennessee State University
    Wednesday, April 17 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Student Union Auditorium
  • William Tate, dean of the graduate school and vice provost for graduate education at Washington University in St. Louis
    Thursday, April 18 from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Student Union Auditorium
  • Bill Hardgrave, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Auburn University
    Thursday, April 18 from 3-4 p.m.  Room 101 Strong Hall 

You can find out more about each of the candidates by clicking HERE

Noland issued the following statement to the ETSU campus Wednesday morning: 

Dear ETSU Community,

Earlier today the University of Tennessee, Knoxville conveyed that I have accepted the nomination for consideration as its next chancellor. I want to thank the ETSU community for your patience and support as my family explores this opportunity.  I assure everyone that my focus remains on having an outstanding close to the spring semester, and I look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our graduates at Commencement.

Brian Noland


According to President Noland’s bio on ETSU’s website, he earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. 

ETSU Board of Trustees Chairman, Scott Niswonger also issued a statement following the announcement: 

“Brian Noland has been an energetic, visionary leader for East Tennessee State University.   It comes as no surprise to the Board of Trustees of ETSU that other major institutions would seek his expertise.   We have seen firsthand his capacity to build relationships with students, faculty, alumni and university supporters, and we are proud that other great institutions recognize this talent.  Dr. Noland enjoys the full support of the Board of Trustees of ETSU, and while we would prefer he remain at ETSU as its 9th president, we also understand what a great opportunity this is for him.   As such, we stand behind him in his decision to pursue this great opportunity.  No plans have been made at this point, other than to wait and see what decision is made by the University of Tennessee.”

-Scott M. Niswonger, on behalf of the ETSU Board of Trustees 

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