The ECU Board of Trustees voted Feb. 20 to ask UNC President Tom Ross to recommend that the UNC Board of Governor grant millennial campus designation to what has been named the East Carolina Research and Innovation Campus (ECRIC). The board is expected to discuss the request when it meets at ECU on April 8-10.
Millennial campuses are geographic areas where anchor institutions—usually research universities— join with education, industry, government, military and other partners to discover, invent and produce new innovations. Ted Morris, ECU associate vice chancellor for engagement, innovation and development, said such campuses deliver the training and expertise necessary to create new-economy businesses and jobs and connections to private investors to fund start-ups.
The sites often reclaim blighted urban areas, which then attracts mixed-use housing, offices and retail spaces.
Seven other UNC campuses already operate millennial campuses. The Centennial Campus at N.C. State University is the largest.