Retired ETSU president, first lady to speak at Milligan

stantonsMILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (March 19, 2013) — Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr., president emeritus of East Tennessee State University, and his wife, Nancy, will speak in chapel at Milligan College on Thursday, March 28, at 11 a.m., in the Mary B. Martin Auditorium, located in Seeger Memorial Chapel.

The couple will speak about the crucifixion of Christ. The event is free and open to the public.

A native of Atlanta, Paul Stanton became the eighth president of ETSU on Jan. 1, 1997.  After 15 years of service, he retired and was named president emeritus in January 2012.

Before becoming the institution’s chief executive, Stanton held a succession of increasingly responsible roles at ETSU.  He was hired in 1985 to teach surgery in the James H. Quillen College of Medicine and was soon promoted to chair of the department, then to dean, and then to vice president of health affairs, a position he attained in 1988.

Stanton guided ETSU to unprecedented growth and national recognition, through a theme of partnerships and regional outreach.  Among Stanton’s major accomplishments at ETSU is the establishment of the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, funded entirely through private dollars.

He is a 1965 graduate of Emory University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry.  In 1969, he earned an M.D. degree from the Medical College of Georgia. In May 2005, Milligan lauded Stanton with an honorary doctorate of administration degree.

Nancy graduated from the University of Georgia in 1966, where she majored in home economics. She also taught home economics and science for three years.

In addition to her duties as the former first lady of ETSU, she has been involved with youth in the community as president and vice president of the Girl Scouts of the Appalachian Council, having been a Girl Scout herself for six years and also a Girl Scout leader for 12 years.

She has served on the boards of the Wesley Foundation, Johnson City Public Schools Foundation and Speedway Children’s Charities, and is active at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women.

To learn more about spiritual formation events at Milligan, contact Campus Minister Brad Wallace at 423.461.8748. To learn more about Milligan, visit


MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan College, visit or call 800-447-5922.

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