Learning & Organizational Development


ECU is proud to have numerous outstanding employees that make up the University. The University offers several different employee recognition programs to honor employees. Please click on the tabs below to learn about our various awards offered:

The Treasured Pirate program was designed to annually recognize the hard work of exemplary employees and to distinguish their unique contributions to their college/unit and University.

This program allows any employee at East Carolina University the opportunity to nominate a permanent employee who works at least 20 hours a week or more for a Treasured Pirate Award. Employees should be nominated for accomplishments that exceed expectations of an employee’s job duties or even extend beyond their normal scope of duties.

Treasured Pirate Website

The Service Awards Program is designed to serve as a sign of the Institutions appreciation towards the dedicated service its employees provide to the State of North Carolina and that of the UNC education system throughout their tenure.  Service awards are presented to each eligible employee at milestone dates in their career (every five years) until retirement. Years of service are based on historical data in the Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System (TSERS)

Service Awards are initiated in two phases

  1. The first phase honors each employee with five, ten, fifteen, through twenty five years of State service with a Certificate of Service and a gift given at a departmental ceremony. 
  2. The second phase honors each employee with thirty, thirty five, forty or more years of State service with a Certificate of Service and a gift given during a recognition ceremony and reception hosted by the Chancellor. The University community is invited to join the Chancellor in recognizing the employees' at the celebration ceremony held each year.

Are You Eligible to Receive a Service Award?

Each year, East Carolina University recognizes its employees in the following time allotment, for every five (5) complete years of State service. Those employee's are recognized in the form of a Service Award. It is very important to the Chancellor, University and State that each eligible employee is appropriately recognized for his/her service to the State North Carolina and this heralded Institution.

Years of eligible service are determined according to the number of full-time years that an employee has contributed to the TSERS or ORP by the end of the previous calendar year.

If an employee has had a break in service or a period where he/she did not contribute to the Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System or Optional Retirement Program, that lapsed period would not be applied toward receiving a Service Award.

Service Awards Correction Form

If you believe there is a discrepancy with the number of years of State Service we have indicated or if there is an error with the spelling of your name (official Social Security namesake), please download the linked Service Awards Correction Form and return it to the Department of Human Resources, Attn: Staff Development.

Picking Up Your Service Award Gift

Please visit the ECU Dowdy Student Stores in the Wright Building to view your gift options and pick up your gift. For help locating your gift, visit the Customer Service Desk at the back of the store. You will need to present your completed gift voucher along with a photo ID to receive your gift.  

If you have any questions, please contact ECU Human Resources, Staff Development Section, at (252) 328-9896 or hrstaffdevelopment@ecu.edu. 

The Centennial Awards for Excellence represent the highest awards given to ECU faculty and staff for excellence in each of the following areas: Service, Leadership, Ambition and Spirit. As detailed in the information below, the Centennial Awards for Excellence are given annually with up to three recipients per category. The selection process will be the result of peer nominations and selection by the Centennial Awards for Excellence Committee. Please refer to the (I.) selection procedures and guidelines and (II.) nomination and submission guidelines located at the tabs above.

Nomination form, letter of nomination and letter of support for the 2019 Centennial Awards for Excellence must be sent via email to centennial@ecu.eduand received by 5 p.m., Thursday, February 7, 2019. 

ECU Centennial Awards Website

The Governor's Awards for Excellence Program is designed to acknowledge and express appreciation for outstanding accomplishments that do not fall entirely within the scope of normal duties but are in the nature of a major contribution reflecting credit on the person and State service. The meritorious service or accomplishment is so singularly outstanding that special recognition is justified.

NC Office State Human Resources Governors Award Website