Mrs. Janette "Janey" Diehl has come to exemplify all the best we can expect form a graduate and lifelong benefactor to East Tennessee State University.
A native of Jonesborough, Janey Diehl completed high school at age 16, and graduated from the then "East Tennessee State College" in 1950 with a double major in business and health and physical education. She was a teacher and coach at Sweetwater High School, but retuned home to marry Richard Diehl.
She and her late husband established Richard Diehl, Inc. with just two trucks purchased from her husband's father. Over the next 43 years, the company has grown into a fleet of over thirty tractor-trailers. As a grain and feed-ingredient company that specializes in refrigerated transport that now reaches forty-eight states, she credits the success of the business to "a lot of hard work and luck." Janey continues to work daily alongside sons Chris, Jared and Joe. The company trucks crisscross the nation daily, spreading the good news about ETSU as the trucks prominently display the "ETSU PRIDE" logo. Janey lives her live instilled with "ETSU PRIDE" and shares that pride among all people.
In 1996, the ETSU Alumni Association selected Janey as that year's Outstanding Alumna for her dedication and service to ETSU. The Southern Conference honored her in 2003 as one of that athletic league's first "Outstanding Supporters." The ETSU Foundation presented Janey with its highest honor with the Margin of Excellence Award in 2005. In 2006, the ETSU College of Business and Technology presented the Lifetime Achievement in Business Award for her significant accomplishments in business and public service to the community and commitment to the college and university.
She is a long-time member of the Buccaneer Athletic Scholarship Association where she supports scholarships for student-athletes. She and her family have established scholarships in the ETSU Foundation for students in the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, the Roan Scholars Leadership Program, and also a general scholarship in tribute to her late son, J. Richard Diehl, Jr.
Janey Diehl has truly led a distinguished life by dedicating her efforts to helping others, particularly our students at East Tennessee State University.