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East Tennessee State University
East Tennessee State University logo
Established October 2, 1911
Type Public university
Endowment US$73.2 million (2009)[1]
Chancellor Charles W. Manning
President Paul E. Stanton, Jr
Provost Bert C. Bach
Vice-Chancellor David Gregory
Faculty 764 (Fall 2008)[2]
Students 13,126 (Spring 2009)[3]
Undergraduates 10,259 (Spring 2009)[3]
Postgraduates 2,144 (Spring 2009)[3]
Other students 723 (Spring 2009)[3]
Location Johnson City, Tennessee, United States
Campus Urban, 350 acres (1.4 km2)
Colors Navy Blue and Old Gold         
Nickname Buccaneers
Mascot Bucky
Affiliations Atlantic Sun Conference
NCAA Division I
East Tennessee State University logo

East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is an accredited American university located in Johnson City, Tennessee. It is part of the Tennessee Board of Regents system of colleges and universities, the nation's sixth largest system of public education,[4] and is the fourth largest university in the state.[5] ETSU has off-campus centers in nearby Kingsport, Elizabethton, and Greeneville, Tennessee.

Listed by The Princeton Review as one of America’s Best Value Colleges, ETSU has a host of programs that benefit both the region and nation, including the Quillen College of Medicine, consistently ranked as one of the top schools nationwide for rural medicine and primary care education,[6] the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, the College of Nursing, and the recently formed College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences. Unique programs include a nationally acclaimed and accredited program in Bluegrass and Country Music, the nation's lone master's degree in Storytelling, and the Appalachian Studies programs, focused on the surrounding Appalachian region.



ETSU was founded as East Tennessee State Normal School, to educate teachers; the K-12 training school, called University School, operates to this day. East Tennessee State officially became a college in 1925 when it changed its name to East Tennessee State Teachers College, subsequently gaining accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1927. In 1943, East Tennessee State Teacher's College was expanded into a college with a range of liberal arts offerings, becoming East Tennessee State College. The college became a University in 1963, adopting the name it holds today.[7]

ETSU announced plans to open a College of Pharmacy in 2005, rapidly receiving local support to secure the approval. Full accreditation is expected in June 2010, the year the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy graduates its first class.

In December 2007, the College of Public and Allied Health split into two two new colleges, the College of Public Health and the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences. Both are part of ETSU’s Health Sciences Division, which also includes the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, and the College of Nursing.

In late 2009, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the Tennessee Board of Regents authorized the formation of a Ph.D program in Sport Physiology and Performance. This program, the first of its kind in the United States, will focus on sports science and physiology in athletics. It will feature concentrations in sport physiology and sport performance, and is expected to start in 2010.[8]


  • Sidney G. Gilbreath, 1911-1925
  • Charles C. Sherrod, 1925-1949
  • Burgin E. Dossett, Sr., 1949-1968
  • D.P. Culp, 1968-1977
  • Arthur H. DeRosier, Jr., 1977-1980
  • Ronald E. Beller, 1980-1991
  • Bert C. Bach (interim), 1991-1992
  • Roy S. Nicks, 1992-1996
  • Paul E. Stanton, Jr., 1997 to present

Colleges and schools

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business and Technology
  • College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • Honors College
  • School of Continuing Studies
  • School of Graduate Studies

Honors College

The Honors College at East Tennessee State University provides numerous opportunities and benefits to students, including:[9]

  • The University Honors Scholars Program offers incoming freshmen a specially designed curriculum in general education taught by exceptional faculty. This four-year program provides full scholarship support and the atmosphere of a small liberal arts college within the larger university community.
  • Numerous Honors-in-Discipline Programs are offered in a variety of degree programs at ETSU. These programs are designed to provide students specially designed, in-depth, and hands-on experiences in a chosen area of study. Students may apply as a freshman or later in their career at ETSU.
  • The Midway Honors Scholars Program recognizes exceptional students who wish to transfer to ETSU. The program looks for students that have excelled at a different university or have graduated from a Tennessee Community College and wish to pursue an enriched honors opportunity at ETSU. Application is required before the first semester begins at ETSU.
  • The Fine & Performing Arts Scholars Program is a unique interdisciplinary program designed to acknowledge and reward students who excel in the arts and wish to work closely with exceptional faculty artists in a variety of areas. The program involves sharing your artistic endeavors and part of your coursework with students in your class. Through a unique Roving Artist’s program, scholars are challenged to assist in projects across the university campus and region. Special application is required.
  • Numerous special Honors opportunities, including studying abroad, exchange programs, or undergraduate research.
  • Out-of-state scholarships and limited in-state tuition scholarships are available to students in the above programs.

Notable alumni

Recording star Kenny Chesney, four-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, holds a degree in advertising.[10] Another notable ETSU attendee is Timothy Busfield, known for his Emmy Award-winning role on the popular 1980s TV series thirtysomething. Busfield attended ETSU for a short while, but did not graduate. He starred in a series of advertisements for the school in the late 1980s. Ron Ramsey, the current Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee, graduated from ETSU in 1978 majoring in Industrial Technology. Ronald E. Carrier, a 1955 graduate of ETSU, was the fourth President of James Madison University, serving from 1971 to 1998. Mike Smith, current Atlanta Falcons head coach, also attended ETSU.


East Tennessee State Buccaneers logo

ETSU collegiate athletic teams, nicknamed Buccaneers, presently compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference. In the 2006-07 year, ETSU won both the conference's men and women's All-Sport trophies, winning seven team titles. They repeated as the overall and men's All-Sport champions in 2007-08 with three team titles, and again in 2008-09 with five team titles.[11]

Current men's sports at ETSU are baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and track and field. Women's sports are basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field and volleyball. Men's soccer competed at the club level in the fall of 2007, before entering NCAA and Atlantic Sun competition as a scholarship program in the 2008 season.[12] A new on-campus soccer field, the Summers-Taylor field, opened in Fall 2007. In the 2007-08 season, the women's basketball team made their first trip to the NCAA tournament. In 2009 and 2010, both the men's and women's team earned an automatic berth to the NCAA championship by winning the Atlantic Sun Conference tournaments.

ETSU Memorial Center, also known as the Mini Dome


The East Tennessee State Bucs and Lady Bucs basketball teams play Division I basketball in the Mini-Dome on the campus of ETSU.

The men's head coach has been Murry Bartow since 2003, and he has led the Bucs to win the 2004 Southern Conference championship, 2007 Atlantic Sun title, the 2009 Atlantic Sun Tournament championship, and the 2010 Atlantic Sun Tournament championship. Bartow has led the Buccaneers to berths in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship (2004, 2009 and 2010) three of the program's total nine times.[13]

The women's head coach is Karen Kemp. Coach Kemp has led the Lady Bucs to three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship (2008 to 2010) and has averaged 20.3 wins over the 2006-2009 seasons. In addition, a large variety of all-conference accolades have been awarded to both herself and her teams during her career, including two Coach of the Year awards, four Player of the Year awards, two Freshman of the Year awards, over 20 athletes with All-Conference honors, and numerous athletes with All-Academic honors. Kemp is only the second head coach at ETSU to reach the 100-win milestone and currently holds the record for most wins in the school's history at 214 and rising.[14]


The 2005 move of the Buccaneers from the Southern Conference to the Atlantic Sun was an indirect result of ETSU President Stanton's decision, following the 1999 ETSU Athletic Task Force recommendations, to drop the ETSU football program after the 2003 season, in response to budget limitations imposed by the state legislature. The football program was posting close to $1 million in financial losses each year between 1999-2003.[15]

The "Mini Dome", the largest building on the ETSU campus, has served as a U.S. indoor arena venue for college football and track and field competitions. The Mini Dome has hosted many non-athletic events which could not be housed in an indoor setting on most American college campuses, such as national indoor championships for free flight model aircraft.

Proposed student athletic fee increase

ETSU President Stanton announced on December 22, 2006 that the ETSU administration is now supporting the return of the ETSU NCAA Division I FCS football program to the university, after accepting the recent ETSU Football Task Force report calling for increased student athletic fees to both restore the ETSU football program and additional funding for equivalent female athletic programs in order to meet U.S. federal Title IX gender equity requirements. Dr. Stanton has also stated that ETSU will "...need $4 million to $5 million" collected each year from of a combination students fees and private contributors to "...get it all done."[16]

Both the ETSU student body (by a referendum vote) and the Tennessee Board of Regents would have needed to approve Stanton's proposal to increase ETSU student athletic fees for funding a new football program before competing in the 2010 season.[17]

Stanton also stated that ETSU generates approximately $500,000 of revenue from every $25 student athletic fees collected each semester at ETSU (i.e.: a conservative estimate of student fees fully funding ETSU football at the $5 million dollar level would amount to an additional $250 in ETSU student athletic fees each year).[16] During the last year of the football program in 2003, ETSU was only able to raise $127,000 (of the minimum $1.5 million needed) in private contributions toward the operating costs that will associated with the ETSU football program (excluding approximately $15 million dollars for a new 10,000 seat stadium).[15]

On April 10-11, 2007 the football referendum failed by a vote of 59%-41%, with about 3,500 students voting. Paul Stanton released a statement following the vote, saying the issue of football was dead for the immediate future.[18][19]

Greek life

There are several Greek organizations offered at East Tennessee State University. Greek life provides occasions for social interaction and intramural participation between young men and women.[20] The Interfraternity Council offers young men seven options of Fraternities: Sigma Chi, Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Nu, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Kappa Sigma, and Pi Kappa Alpha.[20] The Panhellenic Council offers young women four options of Sororities: Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Xi Delta, Kappa Delta, and Sigma Kappa.[20]

Tobacco policy and campus reaction

All ETSU campuses and grounds were declared tobacco-free as of August 11 2008.[21][22]

Despite the ban and the offer of a cessation program,[23] many members of the campus community continue to use tobacco. Several signs regarding the tobacco policy have been removed and defaced.[24] Current policy[22] does not allow fines against those in violation of the ban. This and several other aspects of the policy have been criticised by students.[25][26]

In April 2008, then Student Government Association President T.J. Mitchell stated his willingness to "strive for a partial repeal on the smoking ban" and his hope for "designated smoking areas on campus". A Senate resolution introduced by Mitchell debated before the 2008-2009 Student Government Association Senate supporting such designated smoking areas failed to pass. 2009-2010 Student Government Association President Brian Bowman has no intentions of combating the tobacco ban.[27]

Campus life

While attending ETSU, students can benefit greatly from the many activities available to them on campus. In April 2002, the Basler Center for Physical Activity was opened and is a 100,000 square foot facility. The building contains many recreational facilities including, an indoor 40-foot climbing wall, raquetball and basketball courts, an indoor swimming pool, a 15,000 square foot weight room, etc... The Basler center also offers a diverse selection of fitness classes from yoga to martial arts taught there in the studio rooms available, all free of charge to the student.


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  2. ^ "Fact Book 2008". Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  3. ^ a b c d Hill, Jennifer (2009-02-05). "Spring enrollment sets institutional records". Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  4. ^ "About the TBR". Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  5. ^ "Overview of TN's Schools". Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  6. ^ "Quick Facts". Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  7. ^ "History". Retrieved 2007-06-27. 
  8. ^ "ETSU to offer nation's first doctoral program in sport science and physiology". 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  9. ^ "Honors College". Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  10. ^ "Kenny Chesney 1998 Distinguished Alumnus in the Arts". Retrieved 2007-07-09. 
  11. ^ "Atlantic Sun All-Sports Race". Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  12. ^ (2007-01-12). "Calabrese named head coach of inaugural men's soccer program at ETSU". Press release. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  13. ^ "Coach Bio". Retrieved 2010-5-10. 
  14. ^ "Coach Bio". Retrieved 2010-5-10. 
  15. ^ a b Sterling, Feleesha (2006-12-07). "Football at what cost?". East Tennessean: pp. 1, 3. Retrieved 2007-06-27. 
  16. ^ a b Watson, Sam (2006-11-21). "ETSU poll shows support for return of football program". The Kingsport Times-News. Retrieved 2007-06-27. 
  17. ^ (2006-12-22). "Stanton defines plans for return of ETSU football". Press release. Retrieved 2007-06-27. 
  18. ^ "Students vote down football fee referendum". 2007-04-11. Retrieved 2007-06-27. 
  19. ^ Watson, Sam (2007-04-12). "ETSU bucks football - Student fee hike vote fails, thwarting plans for sport’s return". The Johnson City Press. Retrieved 2007-07-08. 
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External links

Official websites
Other websites

See also

Coordinates: 36°18′12″N 82°22′09″W / 36.30333°N 82.36917°W / 36.30333; -82.36917


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