East Tennessee State University President Dr. Brian Noland took the next step Wednesday afternoon in his quest to become the next chancellor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
Last week, Dr. Noland was selected as one of four finalists for the chancellor position.
News Channel 11’s Caroline Corrigan traveled to Knoxville for the public forum Wednesday.
The forum was held in the Student Union Auditorium on campus.
Dr. Noland opened the forum with a presentataion about goals he has for the university.
“It is the highest honor to stand before you today as an individual that’s being considered for the position as chancellor,” Noland said during the forum.
For the past eight years, Dr. Noland has served as the ninth president at ETSU. He’s known for improving student life on campus by leading the return of the football program, construction of the new stadium and the performing arts center.
During the presentation, Dr. Noland said he wants to make sure students are prepared for the future. One focus of his was the importance of Land Grant Missions.
“It was created to make a difference in the lives of Tennesseans. And if you look at the region we’re in, I’m talking about East Tennessee, this is a region that is struggling,” Noland said. “It’s a region that many of the leading indicators are heading in the wrong direction and it’s a region that needs this institution to lead, to step forward, to make a difference.”
At the end of the forum, faculty and staff had the opportunity to ask Dr. Noland questions.
One professor asked Dr. Noland about the low pay of adjunct professors.
It comes just a week after an Adjunct Rally was held at ETSU in an effort to raise adjunct professor pay.
“For the bulk of my tenure as president, we were under the governance of the Tennessee Board of Regents who set the adjunct pay,” Noland said. “We’ve had 2 years with our independence board. We have changed our budget process and are now moving into a venue in which colleges have the opportunity to invest their resources in adjunct pay.”
This marks the second time Dr. Noland was named a finalist for a top leadership role at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Dr. Noland was up for consideration for UT president before he came to ETSU in 2012.
UT officials plan to select the next chancellor by May.