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CCSW Leadership

Jennifer Muir (staff chair)
Eleanor Cook (faculty chair)
Mandee Foushee Lancaster (co-secretary)
Jitka Virag (co-secretary)
Renee Safford-White (treasurer)
Kathryn Kennedy (membership officer)

Current Members

Melissa Bard (ex-officio)
Arlene Bowling, staff, Division of Health Sciences
Stephanie Bunn, staff, University Advancement
Kat Bursky (ex-officio)
Eleanor Cook, faculty, Joyner Library
Rai d'Honore, staff, International Affairs
Jackie Drake, staff, East Carolina Alumni Association
Angela Easter, staff, Dept. of Oncology
Lt. Col. Roxanne Engelbrecht, faculty, Health & Human Performance
LaKesha Alston Forbes (ex-officio)
Stephanie George, faculty, Dept. of Engineering
Marame Gueye, faculty, Dept. of English
Virginia Hardy (ex-officio)
Mary Kathryn Holmes, student, Dept. of Political Science
Jasmine Hughes, student, Depts. of Biology, Chemistry
Kathryn Kennedy, staff, University Communication
Sitawa Kimuna (ex-officio)
Mandee Foushee Lancaster, staff, Innovation & Economic Development
Heather Littleton, faculty, Dept. of Psychology
Bob Lust, faculty, Brody School of Medicine
Ingrid Meyer, staff, Dept. of History
Jennifer Muir, staff, College of Nursing
Jennifer O'Neill, staff, Dept. of Sociology
Leslie Pagliari, faculty, Dept. of Technology Systems
Gerry Prokopowicz, faculty chair, Dept. of History
Rachel Roper, faculty, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology 
Renee Safford-White, staff, Medical & Health Sciences Foundation
Heather Seibert-Racine, staff, Joyner Library
McKenzie Shelton, undergraduate student, Art & Design
Nicole Sidhu, faculty, Dept. of English
Liz Doster Taft, faculty, Dept. of Mathematics
Karen Traynor, faculty, Institutional Planning
Keerthana Velappan, student, University Studies
Jitka Virag, faculty, Dept. of Physiology
Amy Waters (ex-officio)
Nicole Wood, staff, University Communication

Join the CCSW

A request for nominations is sent via ECU Official email to the entire university each spring. We balance faculty, staff and student memberships and seek to represent all areas of campus. The Chancellor reviews our recommendations and appoints the committee members.

The purpose of the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women (CCSW), established in 1971, is to advise the Chancellor, Provost and other university leaders on the planning, implementation and evaluation of policies and practices to promote equity and further the welfare of all women associated with East Carolina University. The committee will actively encourage women’s professional and educational development, establish a climate where women can advance without barriers, and at the same time protect the rights of fellow human beings.

More history of the CCSW is housed in ECU's Joyner Library archives. Access the finding tool here: