TN Gov. Haslam names ETSU governing board members


JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL)- Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is announcing eight inaugural appointees to sit on governing boards at six different universities in the state, including ESTU. At a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, ETSU President Brian Noland said this board will be a great addition to the university.

Noland said, “To say that today is a historic day in the life of our university is an understatement. On multiple fronts, announcements have been made that will change the future of this institution.”

You may recognize some of the appointees for ETSU’s governing board as most have ties to our region and ETSU. Noland said, “They are individuals who are recognized and accomplished in their professions and they are individuals that I know personally and am proud to work with and serve.”

The appointees are:

  • Janet Ayers — president of The Ayers Foundation
  • Steven Decarlo — CEO of Amwins Group
  • David Golden — Senior Vice President of Eastman Chemical Company
  • Dorothy Grisham — Owner/Operator of an Allstate Insurance Agency
  • Linda Latimer — Owner of Mountain Regional Pathology
  • Scott Niswonger, Chairman and Founder of Niswonger Educational Foundation
  • James Powell — Founder Of Powell Companies
  • Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey

Noland says he’s happy to have such a distinguished group of individuals potentially serving on the board. He said, “I think this board is strengthened by the presence of alumni, leaders from our area… and strengthened by their commitment to ETSU.”

According to a release from Haslam’s office, this board will allow the university to have more freedom by giving them the authority to make appointments, manage the university’s budget, set tuition, and oversee other operational tasks.

Noland added, “This board will be focused on the needs of the people of central Appalachia and I think that’s going to make us a stronger university.”

While Haslam has appointed these board members, they still have to be approved by the Tennessee General Assembly. Noland says the new board should assume its duties next spring.

To read Governor Haslam’s full press release, click here.Copyright 2016 WJHL. All rights reserved.

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