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The College of Health and Human Performance (HHP) is relatively new as a college; however, it possesses a long and proud tradition of excellence that goes back to the university's very beginning.  Since year one when courses in hygiene and fitness were taught, and continuing through the transition into a department, and then into the present day multifaceted college, HHP has been an important part of the university's mission.

All the while, the College has developed its own mission, and has been steadfast in its commitment to it.  The mission of the College of Health and Human Performance is to improve health, well-being, and quality of life.  By providing instruction, conducting research, and performing service in health, exercise science, recreation, and leisure, the college strives to advance and disseminate knowledge concerning enhancement of health, physical performance, and quality of life of individuals and communities, particularly those is eastern North Carolina.

The College is relentless in its quest for excellence and opportunities for service, and funding from the private sector is a vital factor for success. It depends heavily on its alumni, friends, and advocates for the support needed to be all that it can be.  

Listed below are some important needs, as well as opportunities to make a difference in the College of Health and Human Performance. Such support can make it possible to find solutions to some of today's most pressing health problems.

"To discover, educate, and motivate for a healthy tomorrow."

Health Education and Promotion, Kinesiology, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Army ROTC, and Air Force ROTC 

Students are what we are all about!  

Scholarship Funds for the College or Individual Departments

  • Annually Funded Scholarships
  • Contributions to existing scholarships
  • Named Endowed Scholarships
  • Graduate Fellowships (Annually funded and/or endowed)

Funds for Excellence
(College and Departmental General Funds)
Undesignated gifts to support the greatest needs of the College and/or Departments,  including Army and Air Force ROTC programs

Student Travel Scholarships
Funds are needed to support travel to other countries for students with financial need.  Also, financial support is needed to assist students to attend in-state and national meetings when feasible.

Such endowments help ensure that the College can successfully compete in recruiting and retaining the very best faculty members available anywhere.  Also, such endowments could qualify for supplemental grants from the State if they meet the qualification guidelines.


  • College
  • Departments
  • Labs (i.e. Human Performance Lab, Activity Performance Lab, Biomechanics Lab, Biofeedback Lab, Motor Development Lab, FITT Building)
  • Facilities (i.e. Classrooms, Office Suites including Dean's Suite, HHP Advising Center, Outdoor Study and Relaxation Area, Instructional Areas)
  • Lecture Series 
  • Special Projects (i.e. Emeritus Faculty Wall, and Published Faculty Display Case)

Leave your legacy and help shape the future of HHP by including the College in your estate plans through a planned gift arrangement. Those who make planned gift arrangements for ECU receive membership in the Leo W. Jenkins Society.

Make a special gift to HHP in honor or in memory of a special teacher, mentor, or some other person who has significantly influenced your life.

Join the Cornerstone Society by making gifts to HHP programs amounting to $1,000.00 or more during a fiscal year.

Honor a favorite faculty member or family member with an HHP Paver ($125.00).

Contact us about your thoughts regarding investing in the future of the College and the students it serves.

NOTE: We would welcome the opportunity to talk with you and go into greater detail about any of the above items. For further information or assistance, please contact Don Leggett, Interim Major Gifts Officer for HHP, at 252-328-9581 or

You may make an online gift by visiting

"Give every year; make a difference every day."