Dr. J. Scott Gentry
Many come to East Tennessee State University to
earn college degrees, but few get the education the school gave Dr.
J. Scott Gentry. Born in Johnson City, Tenn., in 1953 to long-time
administrators and professors at ETSU, Gentry is a self-proclaimed
“university brat,” as he spent his formative years on
the school’s campus.
Dr. J. Scott Gentry
He attended and graduated from local schools and played a variety
of varsity sports. Although he relocated to Wake Forest University
to earn his therapeutic optometry undergraduate degree and went on
to Memphis to earn his doctorate in Optometry, he returned to
Johnson City in 1981 to open a private practice, which he operates
to this day.
Dr. Gentry is a member of the Tennessee Optometric Association and
the Northeast Tennessee Optometry Society, and has held executive
board positions within these professional organizations. He has
served as board member and chairman of the Johnson City Power
Board. He has also served as vice chairman of the Economic
Development Board, co-chairman of the American Heart Association
Golf Tournament, and as a member of the executive board of the
Sequoyah Council Boy Scouts of America.
Much of Dr. Gentry’s service, however, remains on the campus
of ETSU. Having grown up at the university, having worked odd jobs
on campus as a teenager, and even having helped build the football
stadium, he understands very personally the role ETSU plays in the
success of the local community.
As a result of this loyalty to the university, Dr. Gentry has
dedicated much time, service, and money to ETSU. He is the one of
the longest-serving current board member of the ETSU Buccaneer
Athletic Scholarship Association and has held all executive
positions within that board. He is a member of the ETSU Foundation,
the Distinguished President’s Trust, the ETSU Committee of
1000, and the ETSU Sports Medicine staff.
In 2006, Dr. Gentry was recognized for his outstanding cumulative
contribution to the ETSU Foundation with an induction into the
Foundation’s Bronze Society. He has donated money to
scholarship and memorial funds, athletics, and even to individual
students who he’s known were in need of help. He has given
his time and professional service voluntarily to the university in
many ways. He has organized many ETSU-related volunteer events, and
has remained a strong supporter of both men’s and
Dr. Gentry is also a member of the First Presbyterian Church. His
wife, Carol Holloway Gentry, is a teacher at Lake Ridge Elementary
School in Johnson City. Dr. Gentry joins his sister in winning an
award from the ETSU Alumni Association…Dr. Susan Gentry
Williams was named ETSU’s Outstanding Alumna in 1986.
He has one daughter, Beth who is an ETSU student and his grandson,
Brady, is his “best buddy” and a huge ETSU Bucs
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