Betty J. Anderson '78
1999 Award of Honor
Using the knowledge she learned about the science of politics at ETSU, one of Betty J. Anderson's main objectives is to help the right candidate get elected. A native of Elizabethton, Anderson graduated from Elizabethton High School, attended Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and Memphis State University in Memphis, Tenn. After marrying, she traveled extensively in connection with her husband's 30-year naval career as a Flag Officer.
While her two oldest children were attending ETSU, Anderson decided to return to college. Her lifelong interest in history and politics led her to pursue a degree in political science. Anderson was an assistant to Dr. Shirley Chapman, a professor in the political science department, while working on a graduate degree.
Anderson's degree in political science has led her to become active in many political campaigns. Her behind-the-scenes activities have centered upon campaign organization and fund-raising in many state and local political campaigns. She also worked in the national 1988 presidential campaign of George Bush which involved the visits of George and Barbara Bush and Dan Quayle to East Tennessee.
Other than her political interests, Anderson stays busy with many civic and community activities. She is a past Alumni Association board member, long-time Pirate Club member, and past president of Girls Inc. of Johnson City. Anderson has also served as president of the Junior Monday Club, chaired two terms of the Johnson City Board Dwelling Standards and Review, as well as being director of the Downtown Johnson City Association for two and a half years. She also served on the Friends of the Johnson City Public Library board and was a member of the ETSU Friends of Music board. Currently, Anderson is a member of the Johnson City women's Club and serves as chairperson of the women's Ministry at First Christian Church in Johnson City. She and her husband are also members of the ETSU Distinguished Presidents Trust.
Anderson and her husband, Dr. Frank Anderson, reside in Johnson City. They have three children, Patricia Kay Lloyd, M.D., of Atlanta, Ga; Frank Anderson, Jr., Attorney at Law in Johnson City; and Erin Gay Cantrell, speech therapist in Louisville, Ky.