2016: A Year in Review Highlights from our year at East Carolina University


Dr. Steve Ballard, at that time the longest-serving chancellor in the University of North Carolina system, steps down after 12 years at the helm.

Chancellor Steve Ballard's well-known passion for mentoring students, particularly student leaders, has helped them become successful leaders after they graduate.

The UNC Board of Governors names Dr. Cecil P. Staton the 11th chancellor of ECU effective July 1, 2016.

After being named ECU’s chancellor in April, Staton told the UNC Board of Governors that he believes ECU is in the business of changing lives.

ECU raises record-breaking $56 million

When the fiscal year 2015-16 closed, commitments to the university totaled more than $56 million, topping last year's total of $39 million. These funds will support areas such as scholarships, research, academic programs, health care, facilities, athletics and more.

ECU faculty, students discover unexpected treasures

The statues depict the goddess Aprodite and her companion, Eros.

ECU students and faculty members helped unearth surprising discoveries while excavating the ancient Nabataean capital city of Petra, Jordan.

ECU’s medical school ranked nationally for producing family physicians

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University was ranked among the nation’s top five medical schools again this year for the high percentage of its graduates pursuing careers in family medicine.

ECU helps communities recover from Matthew and plan for the next disaster

ECU students and officials including Provost Ron Mitchelson, left, helped with clean-up efforts in Windsor following damage from Hurricane Matthew.

In addition to helping in Greenville, faculty members, staff and students worked in Windsor, Princeville and Kinston after the storm struck Oct. 8 to help recovery efforts.

Online graduate programs at ECU receive high marks

Jennifer Stalls, a teacher at C.M. Eppes Middle School and a graduate student in the College of Education, observes students Luke Daigle and Tyrick Barnhill conducting an experiment. ECU’s online graduate education programs were ranked 14th in the country.

ECU’s programs in business, criminal justice, education and nursing are listed in U.S. News 2016 Best Online Programs announced Jan. 12.

Researchers seek answers about military history & health

From diving on undersea battle fields to homeless veterans, military-related research is an expanding enterprise at East Carolina University.

And with more than $7 million in research funding from the Department of Defense since 2010—and more than that from other sources—administrators and faculty members see the field as a growth opportunity.

ECU alumnus wins Tony Award

ECU alumnus Howell Binkley was honored at the 2016 Tony Awards this year for his lighting design work on the Broadway smash hit “Hamilton.”

Contributed photo; stage photo by Joan Marcus

ECU receives major award for international programs

Chancellor Cecil Staton accepts the Senator Paul Simon Award during the NAFSA Presidential Panel and Awards Reception Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C.

ECU received the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award that honors a specific international program or initiative that contributes to comprehensive internationalization on campus.

Students take a walk in others’ shoes to raise mental health awareness

Hundreds of pairs of shoes, each with a story to tell, filled the mall near the cupola on East Carolina University’s campus on Feb. 11.

School of Dental Medicine opens research facility

Dr. Sharon Gordon, associate dean for research, leads a tour of the new dental facility.

A new space for research is positioning the School of Dental Medicine to be a strong partner in the effort to bring more research dollars to East Carolina University, leaders said at a ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 28.

ECU alumni 'go for the gold' at Olympics, Paralympics

In addition to athletes in competition, several ECU alumni worked behind the scenes during and before the Olympics this summer as coaches, physicians, athletic trainers, and graphic designers.

ECU's NC Literary Review marks 25 years of celebrating Old North State writers

From left, Margaret Bauer, editor and Rives Chair of Southern Literature, Liza Wieland, fiction editor, and Dana Ezzell, NCLR art director

This summer, NCLR readers received printed copies of the 25th issue of the journal, featuring award-winning writers, book reviews and an interview with editor Margaret Bauer celebrating the milestone.

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