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Chancellor Cecil Staton and Board of Trustees Vice Chair Kieran Shanahan listen to a committee report during the February 17 board meeting. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)
Feb. 17, 2017
ECU News Services
During its meeting on Feb. 17, the East Carolina University Board of Trustees received an update on the university's $500 million comprehensive fundraising campaign.
"To date we have about $127 million in gifts toward the campaign," said Chris Dyba, vice chancellor for university advancement. "We're very happy with our progress to date but we have a lot of work to do."
Officials are now working on the detailed goals for all schools, colleges and divisions across campus.
"It's going to center on promoting what we do best - student success, regional transformation and serving the public," Dyba said. "Some of it will be capital projects, and a significant portion will be for student success and scholarships. We also want to incentivize research."
Dyba also presented an update on annual fundraising for the current fiscal year, which stands at $31.4 million, which he said is on pace with last year's record fundraising effort.
The $55 million stadium renovation project is targeted for construction between the 2017 and 2018 football seasons, and will soon be presented to the UNC Board of Governors and N.C. General Assembly for approval.
During the University Affairs committee meeting Thursday Dr. Ron Mitchelson, ECU provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs, presented the university's intention to develop a strategic plan to improve degree completion rates. A task force has been assembled that will meet on a regular basis to review and discuss issues that hinder students from completing a degree in four years.
The plan will focus on three groups of students - first-generation college students, Pell grant recipients and first-time freshmen. The intent is to improve the current four-year graduation rate of 37 percent to 46 percent by 2022.
In other business, the board: