A New Era Dr. Cecil Staton formally installed as ECU’s 11th chancellor

Members of the East Carolina community, along with UNC system president Margaret Spellings, chancellors from other universities and hundreds of guests celebrated the installation of Dr. Cecil Staton on March 24.

Staton, who has been at ECU since July 1, was formally installed as the university’s 11th chancellor in a ceremony at Wright Auditorium. The event followed a week of celebratory events on campus.

A week of celebration


Reception for International Faculty, Staff and Students

Gray Gallery, Jenkins Fine Arts Center


Pirates Rock the Mall: Students Celebrating Chancellor Staton

On the campus mall


Pirate Nation Gives Back

Day of Service and Philanthropy

American Red Cross Blood Drive in Mendenhall

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

Service Awards Reception

Harvey Hall, Murphy Center


Ribbon cutting

Health Sciences Student Center

Lecture: Dr. Freeman Hrabowski

President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

"Student Success in the 21st Century"

Wright Auditorium


The installation of ECU's 11th chancellor, Dr. Cecil P. Staton

Staton will lead 12 colleges and schools with almost 29,000 students, 5,800 staff and faculty and almost 170,000 alumni. ECU is one of the few universities in the country with a medical school, dental school and college of engineering.
Bearing the mace was Dr. James Smith, professor of philosophy in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, who has been at ECU for 48 years.
At ECU, we are committed to the success of our students because we know their success leads to public impact and to personal and community transformation.

– Dr. Cecil Staton, chancellor

“Students, how far can you dream? Don’t place limits upon yourselves, and don’t allow others to place limits on your horizon.”

– Staton

"ECU is a beacon of opportunity to people across this region, our state & the world."

– Margaret Spellings, president of the University of North Carolina system

“The Thinker and the Seeker,” a composition by ECU student Christopher Short, was commissioned by Staton and premiered by the ECU Chamber Singers.
...do you swear you will well and truly execute the duties of the Office of Chancellor of East Carolina University to the best of your skill and ability according to law, so help you God?

– NC Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin

"I do."

– Chancellor Staton

A first-generation college student, Staton grew up in Greenville, South Carolina and attended Furman University. He received masters' of theology and divinity degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate in Old Testament, Hebrew and ancient Near Eastern studies from the University of Oxford in England.

Staton took the oath of office at 12:07 p.m., about two hours after the start of the ceremony.
After the formal ceremony, the university community enjoyed the spring sunshine during a luncheon on the mall.

From everyone in Pirate Nation: congratulations, Dr. Staton!

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Words: Crystal Baity & Jules Norwood. Photos: Cliff Hollis & Jay Clark.

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