College of Business Administration Philanthropist Honored
by UT Development Council


Ed BolingDr. & Mrs. BolingThe University of Tennessee Development Council recently honored a College of Business Administration alum for his loyalty, commitment, and enthusiasm toward the university. The Trustee Lifetime Leadership of the University of Tennessee Award was bestowed upon former University of Tennessee president, Ed Boling. A 1948 college graduate, Boling has dedicated the greater part of his life to advancing educational excellence at UT.

Boling led the university during its time of its greatest expansion; he was his alma mater’s longest serving president (1970-1988) and provided a firm foundation for the university’s current and future success. When UT President Andy Holt retired in 1970, the UT Board of Trustees asked Boling to become its 17th president. Boling’s experience in state government proved to be a huge boon to the university as the university enjoyed a time of expansion under his leadership and great stability, despite the challenges of the early 1970s.

Born in Sevier County, Tennessee, in 1922, Boling served his country in Europe during World War II. After returning home, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UT in 1948 and 1950, respectively. In 1961, he received his doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University.

Several buildings have been named for Boling and his wife, Carolyn Pierce Boling, including the home of the men’s and women’s basketball programs, the Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena in Knoxville, which was dedicated in 1987; the 12-story Edward and Carolyn Boling Pavilion at the UT Medical Center in Knoxville, which became UT Hospital’s East Wing in 1984; the Edward J. and Carolyn P. Boling University Center, which was dedicated in April 1989 at UT Martin; and the Carolyn P. and Edward J. Boling Center for Child Developmental Disabilities at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis in 1988.

For the Bolings, their true legacies are not buildings, but the lives changed due to their energy, intelligence, generosity, and dedication. They have been leaders of the UT family for nearly 50 years.

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