Greenville, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville’s City Council approved the naming of both the 10th Street Connector and the new 10th Street Connector Bridge during its Monday night meeting.
Council Members McLean Godley and Rose Glover added the request to the agenda for discussion and the resolution was unanimously approved to name the 10th Street Connector in honor of the late Dr. Leo W. Jenkins and for naming the new 10th Street Connector Bridge in honor of the late Dr. Andrew A. Best.
Dr. Leo Jenkins came to East Carolina as Dean of East Carolina College in 1947 and eventually Vice President (1957-60) before being named Chancellor of the University.
Dr. Best practiced in Greenville from 1954 to 2004 and served in a variety of leadership roles in the city and state. He was the first African-American member of the ECU board of trustees and one of the first African-Americans to serve on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.
The resolution explains how both were pioneering figures in shaping North Carolina higher education during the 20th century. It goes on to state how both Dr. Jenkins and Dr. Best took crucial strides towards opening a thriving medical school at East Carolina University. According to the resolution, it is fitting that a major transportation corridor and the crucial components of a major transportation corridor bear the names of Dr. Leo W. Jenkins and Dr. Andrew A. Best.
The City of Greenville will now submit their application for the name submissions to the North Carolina DOT.