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Division of Student Affairs


Dear New Faculty:


On behalf of the Division of Student Affairs at East Carolina University, I welcome you to our campus and wish you a successful and exciting year. Student Affairs is responsible for delivering a wide array of programs and services to enhance our students’ overall learning and developmental experience, both inside and outside the classroom. The main focus in each of our 32 departments is on student success. We want our graduates to leave East Carolina University with the self-awareness, knowledge and skills needed to advance to the next level of development, e.g., post baccalaureate education, workforce or other endeavors.

The Division of Student Affairs collaborates with Academic Affairs in numerous areas including, but not limited to, new student and transfer orientation, living-learning communities, freshmen seminar, summer reading program, career services, counseling services, public service and volunteerism, leadership opportunities and academic success initiatives.

We strive to promote the total development of all students and enhance their experiences at East Carolina University, whether it is through a residence hall program, an intramural sports team, a cultural event, a student organization, leadership development, or involvement in the Greek life system.

We are very proud of our great university and are glad to have you as a member of our Pirate community. As you begin this phase of your life as an ECU faculty member, we welcome you to talk with Student Affairs educators about ways we can collaborate with co-curricular programming and activities to provide the best learning experience for our students.

Again, welcome to East Carolina University. Please feel free to contact me upon your arrival to discuss how we can work together to make a difference in the lives of our students. Visit the Student Affairs Website for more information about our programs, services and departments.

Sincerely yours,

Virginia D. Hardy, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs