ETSU seeks to define itself for the future

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- East Tennessee State University President Brian Noland wants you to know ETSU is not a commuter school, and it's not an academic lightweight.

Just exactly how Noland wants the school to be perceived in the future is to be determined.

Noland has been at ETSU about two months now. He told the Johnson City Press in a recent interview that he is forming a committee to frame a vision for the school.

ETSU's student population has grown by more than 50 percent over the past decade, reaching about 16,000.

Noland said those numbers mean the school is changing also.

Aside from branding the school, Noland also wants to focus on increasing graduation rates and building a fine and performing arts center.

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