2011 Honorary Alumni


Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr.
2011 Honorary Alumni

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Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr. is a graduate of Emory University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry. In 1969, he was awarded the M.D. degree from the Medical College of Georgia, his home state. He completed an internship in rotating surgery through Tampa General Hospital at the University of South Florida, where he was chosen from among 23 interns to receive the Upjohn Intern of the Year Award in 1970. Stanton completed a surgical residency at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Altanta in 1974, followed by a one-year fellowship in vascular surgery at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. He received board certification in general surgery in 1976 and gained special certification in general vascular surgery in 1983.

From 1975 to 1983, Stanton directed the Surgical Residency Education Program at Georgia Baptist Medical Center, where he was also active attending physician and director of the Blood Flow Lab. An assistant clinical professor of surgery with the Medical College of Georgia, he became chief of surgery at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in 1982 and assistant director of the Medical Education Department the following year. He also co-directed the Georgia Baptist Medical Center/Medical College of Georgia Vascular Fellowship from 1980-85 and was an adjunct professor of medicine at Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy from 1982-85.

Upon coming to Johnson City in 1985, Stanton became director of the Division of Peripheral Vascular Surgery for the Veterans Administration Medical Center and ETSU’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine and served as associate professor of surgery at the university. The following year, he was named professor and chair of the Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine.  Stanton went on to serve as dean of the College of Medicine and as vice president for Health Affairs before becoming the eighth president of ETSU on January 1, 1997.

Stanton has led ETSU to unprecedented growth and national recognition through partnerships and regional outreach.  Enrollment at the university reached an all-time high last fall when the 15,000-student mark was reached.  Funding for research and sponsored programs has set institutional records during his administration, reaching $49.2 million in 2010, and ETSU consistently leads the Tennessee Board of Regents system in private fundraising.

Among Stanton’s major accomplishments at ETSU is the establishment of the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, which was funded entirely through private dollars and graduated its first class of pharmacists in May 2010.  ETSU now offers a total of 13 doctoral programs, many of them created during Stanton’s tenure as president.  Stanton is now leading the university toward the culmination of its Centennial celebration in October with the theme “Partnerships, Promise, and Hope for 100 Years.”

Stanton recently announced that he will retire effective Jan. 14, 2012, a date that marks the 27th anniversary of his affiliation with ETSU and the conclusion of his 15th year as president.

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