Cecil P Staton is the 11th chancellor of East Carolina University. Following a national search, Staton was nominated by UNC President Margaret Spellings and elected by the Board of Governors on April 27, 2016.
Dr. Staton came to ECU from the University System of Georgia, where he served as a Vice Chancellor and as interim President of Valdosta State University. Previously he served as associate provost, assistant professor, and university publisher at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and on the faculty of Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia.
He also served for 10 years as a Georgia state senator representing the state's 18th District and chaired the appropriations sub-committee responsible for the state's $2 billion annual investment in public higher education. Staton was responsible for health-care work force initiatives across Georgia including the growth of medical school enrollment and the expansion of nursing education. He also worked in private business as the founding President and CEO of several companies in the fields of publishing, broadcasting, and digital media.
Staton's initiatives as ECU chancellor include:
At ECU Staton holds the rank of Professor of Philosophy and Religions Studies with tenure.
Dr. Staton is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Furman University, a Master of Divinity with Languages and Master of Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Oxford in England. Staton and his wife Catherine are the parents of two sons, Cecil III, a financial planner in Atlanta, and William, a student at DePaul University in Chicago.