Press Release from Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, Feb. 22, 2010:
Dr. Paul Stanton named to Tennessee Technological Development Corp
Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, today appointed East Tennessee State University President Paul Stanton, Jr. to the Tennessee Technological Development Corporation.
TTDC is an economic development organization focused on transformational strategies that create jobs and wealth in Tennessee. Designed to improve the statewide business climate for innovation and entrepreneurship, TTDC serves as a complement to ongoing business recruitment and expansion efforts of state and local officials.
“Encouraging a public-private approach to innovative economic development is an excellent strategy to create jobs and grow ourselves out of this economy,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey.
“Dr. Stanton has a tremendous amount of experience partnering higher education with industry to educate today and tomorrow’s workforce. His knowledge of the healthcare field will be especially helpful in creating jobs in that sector. He has done a great job at ETSU and I look forward to working with him to help Tennessee businesses expand and lure out of state companies to Tennessee.”
After receiving his doctor of medicine degree from the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Stanton practiced and taught general and vascular surgery from 1975-1985 at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta.
In 1985, he moved to Johnson City, where Dr. Stanton assumed the position of Chief of the Division of Peripheral Vascular Surgery at the ETSU College of Medicine. He was appointed Chairman of the Department of Surgery in 1986, and in 1988 became the Interim Dean of the College of Medicine and the Vice President for the Division of Health Sciences at ETSU. In 1989, he was appointed to the Dean of Medicine/Vice President for Health Affairs. In 1997, he became the eighth President of ETSU.
Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey represents Tennessee Senate District 2, which encompasses Johnson and Sullivan counties in East Tennessee. He was elected Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Senate in 2007, the first Republican to hold the office in 140 years. Lt. Governor Ramsey is a real estate broker and auctioneer and owns his own company, Ron Ramsey and Associates, located in Blountville.
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