Dr. Brian Noland, president of East Tennessee State University, has been elected to the board of directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).
The AASCU, based in Washington, D.C., is a higher education association of 400 public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development. The association also advocates for effective public policy at the federal level and provides both federal and state policy analysis to advance member institutions and the students they serve.Before he was selected to serve on AASCU’s board of directors, Noland represented the state of Tennessee on the association’s Council of State Representatives. The board of directors consists of member presidents and chancellors who are actively engaged with the association, support AASCU’s work and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. Noland will serve a three-year term on the board.
Prior to becoming the ninth president of ETSU in 2012, Noland served as chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education System for six years and was also the associate executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public policy studies, both from West Virginia University. He earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.
Noland is also a member of the board of directors for the American Council of Education (ACE) and serves as a board member for the Johnson City-Jonesborough-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the Washington County Economic Development Council’s Industrial Development Board and Launch Tennessee, a state-funded, nonprofit organization that works to grow new businesses in the state.