Effective July 1, 2016, Cecil P Staton is the 11th chancellor of East Carolina University. Staton was nominated by UNC President Margaret Spellings and elected by the Board of Governors on April 27, 2016, following a national search.
Dr. Staton comes to ECU from the University System of Georgia where he served as Vice Chancellor for Extended Education 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 the founding CEO of several companies in the fields of publishing and broadcasting.
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.