Measures of Success

WoodrowDr. Kevin Woodrow, a recent graduate of the doctoral program in clinical health psychology, treats fellow veterans in a residential substance-abuse treatment program at a VA medical center in Wyoming.


Thirty-six physicians from the Brody School of Medicine were chosen by their peers for inclusion in the 2015 “Best Doctors in America” list.

Brettelyn KnellSenior Brettelyn Knell received the Community Impact Award from North Carolina Campus Compact for her dedication to leadership and community service.

Shark expert and doctoral student Chuck Bangley’s research rose to the forefront in the national news after a series of shark bites along the North Carolina coast last summer.

Art TechniqueAlumnus David Dodge Lewis introduced wax-resist drawing, a new art technique, during an exhibition in ECU’s Wellington B. Gray Gallery alongside artist collaborator Ephraim Rubenstein.

Chamber SingersECU’s Chamber Singers are the only American choir to win the International Maribor Choral Competition; they finished first in the 13th annual contest in Slovenia last year.

Marquita Hall, a nurse specialist in vascular surgery, was selected by her peers as the 2015 top nurse at ECU Physicians.

Sharon RogersAssociate professor Sharon Rogers invented and secured a U.S. patent for Sportscale, a device that weighs athletes and assesses their hydration needs to help prevent dehydration.

Dr. Danielle Walsh, associate professor of surgery, received the Education and Research Foundation’s Excellence in Medical Leadership Award from the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

Yamaha performanceGraduate student and tuba player Zachary Grass was the only low brass instrumentalist to win the 2015 Yamaha Young Performing Artists competition.

Tops in distance education
ECU's programs in business, criminal justice, education, and nursing were listed in the U.S. News and World Report's 2016 Best Online Programs.

Investing in the brightest
The prestigious EC Scholars program each year awards 20 incoming top academic achievers who have demonstrated a commitment to service with an Honors College scholarship for four years, along with a stipend for study abroad, a total value of approximately $61,000.

No. 1 in nursing
ECU's College of Nursing targets a high-need profession and prepares the largest number of new nurses among North Carolina's four-year universities.

From classroom to field
ECU's medical family therapy doctoral program boasts a 100 percent job-placement rate for its graduates, with 60 percent of new professionals working as university faculty and the remainer in research, policy, or administrative roles.

Serving those who serve
Military Times ranked ECU among its "Best for Vets: Colleges 2016" for its support of service members, veterans, and their families. ECU also earned the designation as a "Military Friendly School" by G.I. Jobs.

Engineers for local industry
Ninety-five percent of engineers graduating from ECU's new College of Engineering and Technology are offered jobs within 90 days of graduation.

High honors
Dr. James G. Peden Jr., Brody School of Medicine professor of internal medicine and psychiatric medicine, and associate dean for admissions, received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 from the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry.

Targeting childhood obesity
MATCH Wellness, a program that uses a nutrition, physical activity, and technology curriculum to meet educational and wellness goals, was created by an ECU alumnus and is on track to expand to 100 NC schools by 2018 and to eventually reach students in eight southeastern states.

Strengthening community
ECU's work at the Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Community Center in Greenville won the prestigious C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.

A life of service
Dr. Carmen Russoniello, director of ECU's Center for Applied Psychophysiology, was awarded the 2015 James E. Holshouser Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service for his work using biofeedback in the treatment of wounded warriors with PTSD.

A national model for dentistry
Fourth-year ECU dental students learn by doing in eight Community Service Learning Centers providing dental care to underserved areas across North Carolina, an innovative model for dental education drawing national attention.

Helping Hands
ECU students are earning scholarships and lending valuable help to local nonprofits with the Public Service Fellows pilot program, through a $300,000 grant from the State Employees Credit Union Foundation.

Aggressive growth of research
ECU grew external research dollars an average of 17 percent from 2011-2014, hitting a record of $38.3 million in 2013, according to the National Science Foundation. Our national peers averaged 3 percent annual growth.

Future millennial campus
ECU's planned East Carolina Research and Innovation Campus will provide space for the university, high-tech industries, and other partners to discover and produce new innovations.

World's leading expert
Dr. Sam Sears, professor of psychology, is the world's recognized leading expert on the psychological implications and treatment for patients living with life-saving heart devices. His research work won the highest faculty honor given by the UNC system in 2013, the O. Max Gardner Award.

Discovery and innovation
The ECU Innovation Design Lab, funded in part by a $300,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, features a new MakerBot Innovation Center for 3-D design and prototyping, one of only three in the Southeast.