Thomas L. Tull
2009 Award of Honor
Excitement, exuberance and pride in his university ... those attributes describe the dedication Thomas L. Tull displays each and every day. Tull was recently promoted to the position of Assistant Vice President for Washington County Operations and Guest Services with Mountain State Health Alliance. He is responsible for designing, implementation, and overseeing guest services initiatives for the health system, which has more than 1,400 beds. He also regularly speaks at regional and national conferences as well as maintaining a position on the Washington Country Administrative Team with overall hospital call and operational responsibilities.
Originally from Knoxville, Tull recieved his undergraduate degree with a major in advertising from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1984. Eleven years later, in 1995, he earned his master of business administration degree at East Tennessee State University.
During his varied work experiences, Tull has been employed by Proffitt's Department Stores in management and as corporate security director; at ETSU as a coordinator in the Family Medicine Department within the James H. Quillen College of Medicine; and with Blue Ridge Medical Management Corporation (a subsidiary of Mountain States Health Alliance) in public relations and marketing services for Johnson City Medical Center.
In 1994, Tull became the Physician Recruitment Director for Mountain States Health Alliance, and he assumed the Senior Director of Guest Services position in 2001. In recognition of his expertise, Tull served as an examiner for the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from 2006 to 2008 and for Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence from 2004 to 2008. Tull is also completing a fellowship with the Advisory Board, a health care think tank organization housed in Washington, D.C.
An alumnus with strong ties to the university, Tull has taught as an adjunct in the College of Business and Technology since 1997. He received the ETSU's College of Business and Technology Horizon Award in 2008. He has participated in the Alumni Return to the Classroom program, and, for the past 11 years, he has been widely renowned for his enthusiastic leadership as Chair with the ETSU PRIDE Week Campaign.
Tull has a long-term commitment to working with the American Heart Association at the Washington County and State levels, as well as United Way of Johnson City and Girls Inc. He has, in many capacities, assisted the Elizabethon/Carter County Chamber of Commerce and the Johnson City, Jonesborough, and Washington County Chamber of Commerce.
In 2000, Tull was recognized as one of the "Forty Under 40" in the Business Journal of Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virignia.
Tull and his wife, Chrisann, reside in Elizabethon. They have two children, Caleb, an ETSU student, and Annalee.