The Mace, the Seal and the Medallion

The Seal and Medallion

The Presidential medallion is the traditional symbol of office worn at official functions. The design features a torch symbolizing learning; a wreath, symbolic of victory; and a star ruby denoting excellence. The medallion and 30-inch chain are made of 10 carat gold. The final design was the work of Dr. Robert Ulmer, former chairman of the ETSU Department of Art, and was executed by John Lowery, an art major and 1968 graduate.

The University seal is a graphic interpretation of the medallion and was first used as the official inaugural crest.

The Mace

The University mace is a design forged in silver with an ebony handle. The form gives a circular impression, referring to the medieval concept of a heavy armor-breaking club, yet losing its warlike appearance by becoming less solid and a more decorative symbol of the University as it encompasses global thinking.

A central staff radiates the thrust of the rhythmical branches of the tree of knowledge, the heavier branches representing the well-established disciplines, and the more delicate ones the beginnings and growth of the new.

The mace was produced by two current members of the faculty and one former member. The design was developed by Margaret Hays, former associate professor of art. It was executed in metal and ebony by Gerald Edmundson, associate professor of art, and Dr. W. Rollin Williams III, professor and chairman of the Industrial Education Department.


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