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ECU College of Education staff member named Governor of N.C. East Optimists

The N.C. East District of Optimist International has elected Lou Anna Hardee as governor for 2010-2011.

Hardee was installed at the recent annual convention held in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and takes office this month. The N.C. East District has 1,355 members in 34 clubs from Chapel Hill to the coast and the Virginia to South Carolina borders.

An active member and committee chair of the Optimist Club of Greenville, Hardee is former president, committee chair, and member of the Board of Directors of the Greenville Club. In 2008, she was named “Optimist of the Year.” Prior to her election, she served as Lt. Governor of Zone Three, which has clubs in Greenville, Washington, Goldsboro, Morehead City, and Cape Carteret.  

Hardee, who has worked at ECU since 1968, is an administrative staff member in the dean’s office at the College of Education. She is married to Curtis L. Hardee and resides in Greenville. They have two sons and six grandchildren.

Optimist Clubs are dedicated to "Bringing Out the Best in Kids" and conduct positive service projects in communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth to help empower young people to be the best that they can be.

This story appeared originally in the Oct. 29, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at