Carol Gardner Transou

Carol Gardner Transou
Honorary Alumni

Carol Gardner Transou is a native of Brentwood, Tennessee and a graduate of the public schools of Nashville.  She received a BA degree magna cum laude from Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri and did graduate work at Vanderbilt University, Converse College, and East Tennessee State University.

In 1987, Transou was named “Tennessee Teacher of the Year.”  In that role, she represented Tennessee across the state and nation.  This included speaking to the Bavarian Ministry of Education in Munich, Germany on American educational reform. In 1990, she was named Tennessee’s first “Teacher-Scholar” by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  This earned her a year’s sabbatical during which she studied in the origins, experience, and legacies of the Vietnam War. 

As part of that study, she traveled to Vietnam visiting and speaking at a number of schools.  The trip was chronicled in the May 1990 issue of Veteran Magazine.  In 1991, Furman University honored Transou as a “Memorable Teacher” at a special event honoring their top graduates. 

During her 25 years of teaching American History at Science Hill High School, she worked closely with ETSU in hosting student teachers and welcoming prospective teachers as observers.  She was recognized as an innovative teacher and was described by evaluators as one who made history “come alive.”

Retiring in 1992, Transou found many opportunities for service.  She serves on both the Executive Committee and the Board of the East Tennessee Foundation, which funds projects in the 26-county area.  In addition, she chairs their Harris Fund for Washington County.  In 2001, the Sunshine Lady Foundation named her as a “Sunbeam,” because of her funding several charitable programs for area organizations. 

A special interest for Transou is the ETSU Roan Scholars Program and service on that Selection Committee.  Another area of involvement is the “Pride of the Hill” Scholarship Program for Science Hill, which she initiated in 1984.  In 2003, Milligan College named her a “Leader in Christian Science,” a program which recognizes Christian character, leadership and example in vocation and community.

Transou is married to the Rev. Bedford Transou, who was the United Methodist Campus Minister at ETSU for 25 years.  During Rev. Transou’s term of service, his wife was involved with ETSU college students in many capacities, including serving as Director of their drama program.  The couple both serve on the Board of Visitors for Vanderbilt University’s Divinity School and are members of Munsey United Methodist Church in Johnson City.  During their retirement they have traveled extensively visiting Asia, New Zealand, Australia and Europe.  In 2011, the couple will be living in Paris, France where Rev. Transou will serve as Pastoral Assistant at The American Church.

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