Dr. Cecil P. Staton’s career has included time as a professor, university administrator, business CEO, elected official, university system administrator and campus CEO. He comes to ECU with experience at the University System of Georgia, Valdosta State University, Mercer University and Brewton-Parker College. He served for 10 years as a Georgia state senator and served as higher education appropriations chair. He was the founding CEO of several media companies based in Georgia. As a native of Greenville, South Carolina, he earned his Bachelor of Arts from Furman University, Master of Divinity with Languages and Master of Theology degrees from Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Oxford in England. Chancellor Staton and his wife, Catherine, are the parents of two sons, Cecil III and William.