ETSU Presidential Search Advisory Committee Named

The presidential search advisory committee for a new president of East Tennessee State University has been selected and will meet for the first time Aug. 22.

The advisory committee will meet Monday, Aug. 22, at the ETSU Millennium Centre in Mountain States Health Alliance Meeting Room 237. The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. EST. Campus and community members are also invited to an open forum to discuss the search criteria for the new president from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Millennium Centre.

The search committee’s charge is to identify three to five finalists for the position of president who will visit the campus for interviews. Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan will then make a final selection for submission to the TBR for approval.

The committee will work with executive search firm Greenwood-Asher and Associates, contracted by the TBR to help identify a broad range of highly qualified candidates. One of the committee’s first tasks at Monday’s meeting will be to decide on a schedule and process for selecting the finalists. Initial screenings of applicants is expected to begin in early October. Current President Paul Stanton has announced his retirement effective Jan. 14, 2012.

The committee members are as follows:

Mr. Paul Montgomery, ChairTBR Board MemberKingsport, TN

Mr. Tom GriscomTBR Board MemberChattanooga, TN

Ms. Emily J. ReynoldsTBR Board MemberNashville, TN

Mr. Howard W. RoddyTBR Board MemberHixson, TN

Ms. Danni VarlanTBR Board MemberKnoxville, TN

Dr. Thomas SchachtFACULTY REPRESENATIVEPresident, Faculty SenateProfessor, Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesEast Tennessee State UniversityJames H. Quillen College of MedicineJohnson City, TN

Dr. Fred AlsopFACULTY REPRESENTATIVEFaculty SenatorProfessor, Department of Biological SciencesEast Tennessee State UniversityJohnson City, TN

Dr. Jim BitterFACULTY REPRESENTATIVEFaculty SenatorProfessor, Department of Human Development and LearningEast Tennessee State UniversityJohnson City, TN

Dr. Jay MehtaFACULTY REPRESENTATIVEFaculty SenatorProfessor, Department of Internal MedicineEast Tennessee State UniversityJames H. Quillen College of MedicineJohnson City, TN

Mr. Dalton CollinsSTUDENT REPRESENTATIVEPresident, Student Government AssociationEast Tennessee State UniversityJohnson City, TN

Ms. Chelsea MuhlhahnSTUDENT REPRESENTATIVESecretary, Student Government AssociationEast Tennessee State UniversityJohnson City, TN

Ms. Dorothy L. GrishamALUMNI REPRESENTATIVEFormer President of the ETSU National Alumni AssociationChattanooga, TN

Mr. Chuck PattonSUPPORT STAFF REPRESENTATIVEPresident, Staff SenateExecutive Aide, Department of Environmental HealthEast Tennessee State UniversityJohnson City, TN

Ms. Ann EargleSUPPORT STAFF REPRESENTATIVESecretary, Staff SenateOffice Coordinator, Office of Equity and DiversityEast Tennessee State UniversityJohnson City, TN

Dr. Angela LewisADMINISTRATIVE REPRESENTATIVEAssociate DeanClaudius Clemmer College of EducationEast Tennessee State UniversityJohnson City, TN

Mr. Gary MabreyBUSINESS COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVEPresident/CEO, Johnson City Chamber of CommerceJohnson City, TN

Ms. Jeanette BlazierCOMMUNITY-AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVEFormer Mayor of KingsportKingsport, TN

Dr. Mike BrowderCOMMUNITY-AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVECEO, Bristol Tennessee Essential ServicesBristol, TN

Rev. C.H. CharltonCOMMUNITY-AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVEPastor, Friendship Baptist ChurchJohnson City, TN

Mr. Joe GrandyCOMMUNITY-AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVEFerguson EnterprisesJohnson City, TN

Mr. D. Roger KennedyCOMMUNITY-AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVEChairman, ETSU FoundationJonesborough, TN

Campus liaisons for the presidential search process are Fred Sauceman, ETSU executive assistant to the president for University Relations, and Kim Blevins, ETSU office manager in the Office of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

All meetings of the presidential search advisory committee are open to the press and the public as observers. More information on the presidential search process, including the criteria for selection, can be found at under the “Quick Links” section.

The Tennessee Board of Regents is the nation’s sixth largest higher education system, governing 45 post-secondary educational institutions. The TBR system includes six universities, 13 two-year colleges and 27 technology centers, providing programs in 90 of Tennessee’s 95 counties to more than 200,000 students.

The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.