Campaign passes important milestone



East Carolina University is celebrating a special accomplishment as its Second Century Campaign, the biggest fundraising effort ever launched by the university, has exceeded its original target amount of $200 million.

The Second Century Campaign is a perfect example of Pirates supporting Pirates,” said Mickey Dowdy, vice chancellor for University Advancement at ECU. “The generosity that ECU’s alumni and friends have shown throughout the campaign is incredible, and it has provided vital support for most every aspect of our university.”

Several recent financial gifts, including an extremely generous amount from James and Connie Maynard of Raleigh, helped the university reach its goal. The Maynards donated $1.5 million to fund a distinguished professorship in the Department of Pediatrics within the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and $9 million to help expand the University Health Systems Children’s Hospital.

Both of the Maynards are graduates of East Carolina University. James Maynard is co-founder and chairman of Investors Management Group, which runs the Golden Corral restaurant chain.

ECU’s Second Century Campaign was launched in 2008 to help reach the goals of the university’s strategic plan. These strategic directions include providing education for a new century, training students to be leaders, creating economic prosperity in the East, transforming the quality of health care for the region and state, and offering top-notch art and culture for all of the region.

Despite the challenges of tough economic times, the Pirate community has risen to the occasion and continues to do so. Alumni and friends continue to contribute to the Second Century Campaign, and are encouraged to build on the momentum that has helped the university achieve this important milestone.

Even though the original goal has been met, the campaign has not ended.

According to Dowdy, the campaign will continue through the end of 2011.

“Please consider how you can add your voice and support to the thousands who have helped bring us where we are today,” he said.

By Meagan Williford, University Marketing