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UNC President Erskine Bowles addresses the ECU Faculty Senate during its regularly scheduled meeting Jan. 26. Bowles spoke to the faculty representatives about the economic issues still facing the 16-school UNC system. But he said he remains "optimistic" about the remaining budget year because "we planned and because of people like Steve (Ballard), we were able to make smart cuts." He also praised the university for being a leader in distance education. "Thank you for all you do. You hold the future of the university in your mind," he said.  (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

 

This story appeared originally in the Jan. 29, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at http://www.ecu.edu/news/cs-admin/poe/2010/110/January-2010-Archives.cfm.