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The newest members of the ECU Board of Trustees took their oaths of office during the regularly scheduled board meeting July 23. The new members are, left to right, Danny Scott with his wife Connie Shelton Scott holding the Bible; Brad Congleton, ECU Student Government Association president with his parents, Chuck and Betsy Congleton; Steve Jones; and Ken Chalk. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)


ECU Trustees Elect Officers

By John Durham

David Brody, a Kinston developer and philanthropist, has been elected chair of the East Carolina University Board of Trustees.

Also elected at the July 23 meeting were Vice Chair Robert V. Lucas, a Selma attorney, and Secretary David Redwine of Ocean Isle Beach.

Brody said his goal is to lead a collaborative board where “differences of opinion lead to better consensus and better outcomes,” he said.

“We should use the budget difficulties we are facing now to reshape the university for the 21st century,” he said.

Brody, who had served two years as vice chair of the board, is a longtime civic leader in eastern North Carolina. He is a former chair of the Pitt County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees and is part of the family for whom the Brody School of Medicine at ECU is named.

Four new members of the ECU board were sworn in at the meeting: Danny Scott, a marketing executive with Monsanto in St. Louis; Steve Jones, a former executive with RBC Bank in Raleigh; Ken Chalk of Winston-Salem, retired chief credit officer for BB&T Corp.; and Brad Congleton of Wendell, new president of the Student Government Association at ECU.

Scott and Jones were appointed by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. Chalk was appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue, and Congleton serves by virtue of his position with the student government.

Jones is a 1991 graduate of ECU. He has served as chair of the university Board of Visitors. Scott, who holds a degree in business administration from ECU, joined Monsanto this year after serving as vice president for diversity for Anheuser-Busch Companies.

Chalk is immediate post chair of the ECU Foundation and co-chair of the BB&T Center for Leadership Development at the university. He is past national chair of the Risk Management Association and is serving as interim president and CEO of that group. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and his master’s degree in business administration from ECU.

Lucas, the new vice chair, has been appointed to a second term on the board by Perdue. He is the founder of the Lucas, Denning and Ellerbe law firm and is a former president of the Student Government Association at the university.

The Board of Governors has reappointed Trustees Joel Butler of Greenville and Mark Tipton of Raleigh to new terms. Butler, chair of the board’s Audit Committee, is chief external affairs officer at University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina and president of the UHS and Pitt Memorial Hospital foundations. Tipton, a member of the board’s Facilities and Resources Committee, is chief executive officer of Whistler Investment Group, a real estate development firm.

The ECU board has 13 members. All serve four-year terms except the student, who serves for a year.

This page originally appeared in the July 31, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at