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ECU Tomorrow: A Vision for Leadership and Service


Dr. Steve Ballard Chancellor






ECU will distinguish itself by the ability to train and prepare leaders for our state and nation.


We will build a leadership culture within the university through the development of four centers.


The Center for Transformational Leadership in Eastern North Carolina will provide programs and resources to develop service-oriented leaders in eastern North Carolina to help communities in the region achieve their full potential.

The Center for Transformational Leadership in Eastern North Carolina will engage in a variety of activities, including the following:

  • Partner with public schools to enhance the leadership capacity of students, teachers, and administrators.
  • Network with state and community agencies to build leadership capacity.
  • Promote economic development in the region to provide attractive career opportunities in order to retain the next generation of leaders.


The BB&T Leadership Center will be viewed as a model of excellence for working with faculty to embed leadership and service-learning components into their programs.

The BB&T Leadership Center will engage in a variety of activities, including the following:

  • Build a $10 million endowment to support endowed chairs in leadership for all ten colleges and schools.
  • Host an annual leadership conference supported by a $1 million endowment.
  • Support the incorporation of leadership training in programs and courses, including a leadership minor in Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, a series of leadership courses in the College of Business, and a distinguished speaker series on leadership.

The Chancellor’s Leadership Academy will be a model for developing staff and faculty leaders, with particular emphasis on women and minorities.

Supported by a $2 million endowment, the Chancellor’s Leadership Academy will engage in a variety of activities, including the following:

  • Provide opportunities for faculty and staff to hear, work with, and be mentored by great leaders in business, education, and government.
  • Develop signature forums and workshops for staff throughout the academic year, including the Women in Leadership series and the Minority Leadership series.


ECU’s Center for Student Success will ensure that all students graduate with demonstrated competency in leadership. The center will coordinate student leadership and service activities across all academic programs, beginning with orientation and the freshman seminar and concluding with a senior seminar.

The Center for Student Success will engage in a variety of activities, including the following:

  • Build a $5 million endowment to support the design and quality of the Center for Student Success.
  • Develop new leadership pathways for students that will broaden their experiences and expose them to diverse cultures and situations.
  • Build a $5 million endowment to support study-abroad and international experiences.
  • Expand our strong programs in service learning so that tomorrow’s leaders have great classroom experiences, community engagement, and leadership training.