Dr. Elaine Boone named coordinator of ETSU’s presence in downtown Kingsport

East Tennessee State University has selected Dr. Elaine Boone as coordinator of the university’s activities in the Downtown Kingsport Academic Village, working in collaboration with the Kingsport Higher Education Commission. 

ETSU is offering classes this semester at the Regional Center for Applied Technology, and Boone will oversee the ongoing progress of the university’s presence by determining program needs and matching faculty and classes to fill those needs as ETSU transitions to a larger space in the Food City Shopping Center.

Boone brings a diverse background to the position. A Kingsport native, she taught 25 years at many places, including Kingsport City Schools, Washington Co. Schools, Abilene (Texas) Independent School District, McMurry University, Tusculum College, Northeast State Community College (NSCC) and ETSU. She has developed curricula, advised students, supervised interns and served as an administrator. In addition, she was co-owner and manager of a small business.

Boone has been teaching management and marketing classes as an adjunct faculty member in the ETSU College of Business and Technology since 2006.

“It is an honor to be a new member of the ETSU team,” Boone says. “As coordinator of ETSU Downtown Kingsport, I am thankful for the opportunity to assist students in attaining their educational and career goals.”                          

Dean of the ETSU School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach Dr. Rick Osborn adds, “We are very pleased to have Kingsport native Elaine Boone on board and ready to manage our new site. We started this spring semester with over 200 students in our temporary space in Northeast State’s Regional Center for Applied Technology, and we are excited about our future in downtown Kingsport. In particular, we look forward to partnering with NSCC to improve access to higher education and increase the number of college graduates in the region.”                                

Boone received an associate degree from Hiwassee College; a bachelor’s degree from Milligan College; a master’s degree in counseling and human development from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene; and a doctorate of education from ETSU.

For further information, contact Boone at (423) 392-8060 or booneg@etsu.edu.


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