New ETSU president stressing graduation rate

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) - New East Tennessee State University president Dr. Brian Noland says the school needs to focus on improving its graduation rate.

He told reporters during his first day on the job that 46 percent of ETSU students graduate within six years. The national average is 55 percent, he said.

According to WJHL-TV, Noland wants to listen to people both on and off campus to gauge what needs to be done at the university (

Before being chosen president, Noland was chancellor of West Virginia's Higher Education Policy Commission.

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