JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – The East Tennessee State University Board of Trustees voted this afternoon to name the school’s new $26 million football stadium after William B. Greene, Jr.
The vote to name the new stadium after Greene was unanimous.
“Bill Greene is a longtime supporter of East Tennessee State University,” ETSU President Brian Noland said. “He is a keen businessman with a true vision for the success of our students, our athletics programs and this university as a whole. For years, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to that vision through his generous contributions of both time and funding. We are extremely grateful to have Mr. Greene as a friend of our institution, and it is only fitting that his name will adorn the football stadium — a facility here at ETSU that symbolizes not only Buccaneer spirit and ETSU pride, but also serves as a venue for community engagement and regional camaraderie.”
Greene, bank owner of Bank of Tennessee, purchased Carter County Bank and First People’s Bank from the Carroll Reece family in 1964, making him the country’s youngest bank president at 24, according to the Bank of Tennessee’s website.
According to the website, Greene and his father, William B. Greene, Sr., expanded their business throughout the Tri-Cities, opening Bank of Tennessee in 1974 in downtown Kingsport, and then later in Bristol, Johnson City, Gray, Erwin, Jonesborough, Blountville, Nashville, Hendersonville, as well as a operations facility near the Tri-Cities Airport.
Carter County Bank and Bank of Tennessee merged in January 2013.
The stadium will open next Saturday, Sept. 2 as ETSU plays against Limestone College at 7 p.m.
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