JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – East Tennessee State University officials have named a new athletic director.

On Tuesday, ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland announced that current Senior Associate Athletic Director/Chief Operating Officr Scott Carter would be the new director intercollegiate athletics starting in September.

“During his time at ETSU, Scott Carter has provided critical leadership in guiding the return of football to campus as well as sustaining and building our other athletics programs,” Noland said. “I have no doubt he will continue to raise the bar for ETSU athletics as he assumes this new role.”

According to a news release, ETSU’s new AD played fullback and was a team captain for the ETSU football team from 1998 to 2002.

Carter earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from ETSU and went on to work in the athletic development offices at the University of Tennessee before returning to the Bucs’ program in 2014.

“I’m blessed to work with leaders like Dr. Noland and Dr. Sander, and it’s an honor to have this opportunity to lead the athletic department at my alma mater,” Carter said. “It is humbling to go to work every day to improve the lives of our student-athletes. Championship-level success both academically and athletically will continue to be our focus each day.”

“This athletic program belongs to the students, alumni and people of this region. The Bucs are your team and it is a privilege to have the opportunity to make you proud.”

Carter will be replacing Dr. Richard Sander.

“This is clearly a bittersweet day for me,” Sander said. “I have been extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to not only lead, but also plot the course for ETSU Athletics. Having the opportunity to work with President Brian Noland and develop a relationship where we both trust each other implicitly, is a rare occurrence in Division I. What makes our relationship even more unique is that we both enjoy working with each other and have worked together for the good of ETSU and the entire Northeast Tennessee community.”Copyright 2017 WJHL. All right reserved.