ECU Chancellor Search Committee holding listening sessions all over the state

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) The search for ECU’s next Chancellor continued Tuesday in Greenville. A series of meetings are taking place during the month of January and they are looking for your input.

The committee was formed back in November 2019 with one goal, to find the best applicant for the job of Chancellor of ECU.

“I would just like to see somebody from this area, who knows this area because it’s a very unique environment I feel like compared to other professionals in higher ed and student affair’s that I have worked with over the years. We have a unique situation that doesn’t necessarily transfer readily to common perceptions of higher ed cause of where we are located,” said Lynn Caverly who spoke at Tuesday nights session.

These sessions will be happening all over the state this month.

This search process is on a tight timeline with things hopefully wrapping up this summer before the new school year starts in the fall.

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) The East Carolina University Chancellor Search Committee will hold a number of listening sessions throughout the month of January 2020.

According to the committee, ” The purpose of these sessions is to get stakeholder feedback and input regarding the desired characteristics, skills, experience, and other capabilities of the next Chancellor.”

Below are the following scheduled listening session/forums:

  • January 9, 2020, at 4 p.m. – Staff Senate Listening Session, Main Campus Student Center Room 249
  • January 14, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. – Greenville Community Forum, City Hall, 200 W. Fifth St.
  • January 15, 2020, at 6 p.m. – Student Forum, Mendenhall Student Center
  • January 21, 2020, at 4 p.m. – Health Sciences Faculty/Staff/Student Forum, East Carolina Heart Institute
  • January 22, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. – Student Forum, Main Campus Student Center Blackbox Theatre
  • January 22, 2020, at 1 p.m. – Main Campus Faculty/Staff Forum, Main Campus student Cente room 249
  • January 23, 2020, at 6 p.m. – Raleigh Area Stakeholders Forum, TBD
  • January 24, 2020, at 12 p.m. – Alumni Assoc. Listening Session, TowneBank Tower

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — After months without a chancellor, ECU started the formal process to try and find a permanent replacement.

A group of 20 representatives from the ECU Board of Trustees, ECU faculty and staff, and folks from across North Carolina who make up the search committee met for the first time.

In his opening remarks to the committee, UNC System Interim President Bill Roper said the committee needs to find someone who’s a public servant and has the ability to lead ECU on all fronts into the future.

“It’s a big job so you’re looking for someone with rich academic credentials, can identify with faculty, staff, and students,” said Vern Davenport, Chairman of the ECU Board of Trustees.

The search process is going to take months.

Committee members would like to have a new chancellor on the job by June.

“I don’t think we’ll find a perfect candidate, but we’ll find a perfect person,” said Davenport.

The search committee plans to hold listening sessions across the state to hear from students, alumni, and North Carolina residents.

“We’re going to have all the constituencies from pirate nation to have the opportunity to share their views as to what’s important to them about the next chancellor. It gives our next chancellor the greatest opportunity to be successful out of the gate,” said Davenport.

The students WNCT spoke said they know exactly what they want to see from their next chancellor.

“Someone who interacts with the students, and doesn’t just sit behind their desk all day,” said Faith Rihn, junior.

“Someone that loves ECU in general, and wants to love and interact in the Greenville community,” said Sarah Pearce, junior.

Currently, Ron Mitchelson is serving as interim chancellor.

Mitchelson is the second person this year to hold the title.

“It has been kind of frustrating just going back and forth. I definitely think that everyone around here is looking for some stability in our leadership,” said Pearce.

When Davenport was asked how he plans on keeping politics out of the chancellor search he said he’s the kind of person that likes to deal with facts, and he plans on keeping the process open to a certain extent.

More information on the search timeline and the make-up of the search committee can be found here.

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