Noland: 2017-18 ETSU governing board to provide more flexibility

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Monday will be the first day of classes for East Tennessee State University students, but many administrators are already looking ahead to next year.

The 2017-2018 school year will be the first time that the university will operate its own governing board.

News Channel 11 spoke with ETSU President Brian Noland who said this will give the university more flexibility than its ever had.

Noland gave the school’s start date — a date determined by the Tennessee Board of Regents — as an example.

We were there as students moved in Friday, but Noland said parents had trouble finding hotels because it’s race week.

Noland said it’s exciting to think that next year will be different.

“We’ve never had the ability to look at calendars to meet the needs of East Tennesseans,” Noland said. “So that’s just one small example of thousands of examples that I could provide where flexibility will allow us to align the operations of this institution.”

Noland said planning for the new governing body began in the spring and the university is still working on finalizing those plans.

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