ECU Logo


Dean's Office Contacts

Dr. William M. Downs

Dr. William M. Downs, Dean

252-328-6249 |

Todd Berry

Mr. Todd Berry

Associate Dean for Resource Management

252-328-6473 |

In his role, Mr. Berry oversees the management of Harriot College resources, including faculty positions and operating budgets.

Gina Betcher

Ms. Gina Betcher

Grants Program Specialist

252-737-4389 |

Ms. Betcher furthers the research mission of the College by assisting faculty and department staff with all aspects of developing competitive proposals in a timely fashion. She also presents and coordinates informational sessions on RAMSeS, budget guidelines and narrative development, sponsor regulations and requirements, funding opportunities, ECU compliance and adherence to other guidelines.

Dr. Cindy Putnam-Evans

Dr. Cindy Putnam-Evans

Associate Dean for Research

Phone: 252-328-4395 |

Dr. Putnam-Evans administers the college research awards and the Glaxo Scholars Program. She disseminates information relating to funding available for college researchers and reviews and approves grant proposals. In addition, Dr. Putnam-Evans serves as liaison between the college and the university's Division of Research, Office of Sponsored Programs, and Grants Administration.

Lacey Gray

Ms. Lacey Gray

Director of Marketing and Communication

252-737-1754 |

Ms. Gray enhances the presence of the college to both the internal and external campus community through the creation and distribution of college news that includes press releases, alumni articles, event announcements, Voyages Lecture Series advertising, and college newsletters. She works in coordination with the college's instructional technology consultant in regards to the college web site, and in coordination with both the director of development and major gifts officer in creating college campaign and donor materials. In addition, Ms. Gray represents the college at monthly meetings of the Campus Communicators group.


Renita Harley
Ms. Renita Harley

Budget Resource Coordinator

252-328-1528 |

Ms. Harley monitors and reconciles the college's departmental and program budgets. She also tracks and processes all expenditures.


Janine Harrison

Ms. Janine Harrison

College Personnel Coordinator

252-737-4353 |

Ms. Harrison is one of two College Personnel Coordinators in the Dean's Office who serve as the point-of-contact for EPA personnel issues.  She reviews and assists with all EPA personnel actions for the departments of Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Planning and Environment, Mathematics, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.


Dr. Eduardo Leorri

Dr. Eduardo Leorri

Associate Dean for Planning

252-737-2529 |

Dr. Leorri's duties include oversight of college space allocation, oversight of the Harriot College departments' outcome assessments, serving as a liaison to the SACS Planning Group and Compliance Certification Council, serving as a liaison to IPAR and ensuring the integrity of COACHE, Deleware, and CUPA reports, and monitoring and analyzing college SCH production.


Jone Letsinger
Ms. Jone Letsinger

College Personnel Coordinator

252-737-1929 |

Ms. Letsinger is one of two College Personnel Coordinators in the Dean's Office who serve as the point-of-contact for EPA personnel issues.  She reviews and assists with all EPA personnel actions for the departments of Biology, Chemistry, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Geological Sciences, History, Philosophy and Physics.

Dr. Derek Maher

Dr. Derek Maher

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

252-328-5332 |

Dr. Maher assists undergraduate students and faculty with grade appeals, student-faculty conflicts, and advising issues. He oversees the Harriot College Advising and Academic Resource Center and coordinates the college's Student Engagement and Learning Initiative. He also provides consultation and guidance for undergraduate curriculum and program development in the college and acts as the dean's representative for administrative approval of curriculum proposals at the College Curriculum Committee.

Denise Miller

Ms. Denise Miller

Executive Assistant

252-328-6249 |

Ms. Miller is the business operations officer for the Dean's Office, executive assistant to the Dean, SPA employment manager, EPA recruitment coordinator and Dean's liaison with the 15 departments in the college.


Tina Moore

Ms. Tina Moore

EPA Resource Coordinator

252-328-6249 |

Ms. Moore is responsible for managing the positions and budgets for the EPA resources in the college.

Dr. Heather Ries

Dr. Heather Ries

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

252-328-4248 or 252-328-6552 |

In her role, Dr. Ries administers assistantships and tuition remissions for the college. She acts as a liaison between college departments and the graduate school for issues pertaining to policies governing graduate education, graduate student funding, and graduate curriculum development

Jennifer Tripp

Ms. Jennifer Tripp

Major Gift Officer

252-737-4201 |

I support, encourage, and promote ECU and Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences' missions and visions by interacting with our alumni, friends, and the greater community. My goal is to engage and connect these constituents with Harriot College to garner support and secure resources that will enhance Harriot College's unique place at East Carolina University. The resources Harriot College receives actually touch each and every undergraduate student at ECU, our own graduate students, and transform the lives of these students, the citizens of eastern North Carolina, the state and beyond.

Dr. Liza Wieland

Dr. Liza Wieland

Acting Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Distance Education

252-328-5564 |

In her role, Dr. Wieland oversees distance education for the college, assists departments and faculty with the promotion and tenure process, and leads promotion and tenure workshops and new faculty orientation.