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Second Century Campaign Reaches Halfway Mark

By Jeannine Manning Hutson

Halfway through its Second Century Campaign, East Carolina University has raised $107,718,000, or 54 percent, of its $200 million campaign goal.

This achievement comes at the end of a record-breaking fundraising year at East Carolina. Gifts and pledges to ECU from all sources reached $36.2 million in the 2007-08 fiscal year, an all-time high.

“Raising half the financial goal for the Second Century Campaign represents great progress, yet we know the second half of a campaign is always more challenging,” said Mickey Dowdy, vice chancellor of University Advancement at ECU. “We are grateful to the alumni, friends and donors who have supported the Second Century Campaign and look forward to even greater things to come.”

East Carolina embarked on the Second Century Campaign, an ambitious campaign to support ECU Tomorrow: A Vision for Leadership and Service, the university’s strategic plan adopted in 2007. With a financial goal of $200 million, the campaign’s aim is to enrich, change and save the lives of East Carolina’s students, the citizens of eastern North Carolina, the state and beyond.

The strategic plan’s initiatives include expanding and strengthening scholarship programs, establishing distinguished professorships, endowing established cultural programs, strengthening research programs with a direct impact on economic development, expanding research into the cause, treatment and cure of diseases most prevalent in the region and state, and supporting the construction of new campus facilities.

This page originally appeared in the Aug. 29, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at