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Letter from the Chancellor

To the ECU Community:

In 1992 East Carolina University prepared a Comprehensive Campus Master Plan (CCMP), and in 2000 the plan was updated to reflect significant changes taking place on campus.  Because nearly a decade has passed since the last update, the Board of Trustees has recommended that we revisit the CCMP once again.   The university is partnering with a project consultant team to produce an updated master plan by summer 2010.

The purposes of the CCMP will be to: guide future development, establish capital priorities, optimize valuable resources, and establish a “sense of place.”  We want to produce a plan which reflects the values, aspirations, and strategic goals of ECU Tomorrow and UNC Tomorrow.  Capital needs such as space capacity, condition and functionality of facilities, program-driven needs, infrastructure, and land will be assessed.  Current and planned capital projects will also be defined.  Following campus and community input, planning scenarios and infrastructure systems will be developed. The final CCMP will include design guidelines, space allocation solutions, financing and real-estate strategies, and campus development and phasing strategies.

Our consulting team will provide expertise in the following areas: athletics and recreation, academics and research, community outreach, database and plan management, health services, housing and dining, infrastructure, engineering, planning, traffic/parking, and security.   The Division of Administration and Finance, under the leadership of Vice Chancellor Kevin Seitz and Associate Vice Chancellor Bill Bagnell, will guide the process to completion.  They will establish operational procedures whereby input into the development of the master plan is solicited from campus-wide and city/county-wide constituencies.  Discussion and working interaction will take place with consulting groups, students, faculty, alumni and university and city/county staff through open forums and committee meetings.   Appointments to steering, advisory, and working group committees are now taking place.

In the next fifteen months, consultant team members will make frequent visits to the community and to the campus.  Meetings with the designated committees and open forum discussions will begin in March.  I hope that you will participate in this process as we update our master plan and prepare for a great future.

Thank you,

Steve Ballard

cc: Board of Trustees