It was a bittersweet farewell for Dr. Bethany Flora.
The outgoing ETSU director was recognized during the school’s Board of Trustees meeting.
Chairman Scott Niswonger and President Dr. Scott Niswonger presented Flora – the incoming president of Northeast State Community College – a plaque for her service to the school.
“I was not expecting it at all,” Flora said. “They honored me with a wonderful recognition. It has just been a great experience as a faculty member here at ETSU working for the Center of Community College Leadership.”
Flora was appointed to the role as NeSCC president this month, succeeding interim president James King.
The Board of Trustees also held their meeting at the Millennium since for the first time since ETSU acquired it.
Noland says the ETSU enrollment was at 14,600 and the 2026 goal was an enrollment of 18,000.
Noland anticipates a tuition increase of less than 2.5 percent when the board meets April 2019.
“I was pleased to provide information to the board about our enrollment numbers, and how well we have performed in comparison to other institutions in the state,” Noland said.
The president says the humanities building project is high on the list for future of the school.
“I think the real news for the board was the recommendations in terms of state appropriations and the fact that the humanities building is the number five project on the state’s list. We’re hopeful that at the conclusion of the upcoming legislative session, we’ll be able to then move forward with planning yet another academic building on the campus.”