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A message from the dean: Dean Emerita Evelyn Perry has passed

Sept. 11, 2015


Dear Friends,


It is with much sadness that I share with you the passing of Dean Emerita Evelyn L. Perry on Thursday, Sept. 10.

Evelyn Perry
Evelyn Perry

Dean Perry arrived at East Carolina University in 1962 to fill a nursing faculty position. She was appointed as the College of Nursing’s second dean in 1969, when the nine-year-old college was just an undergraduate program. Her assiduous leadership helped form the foundation from which our college developed into a model for innovation in nursing education, scholarship and practice.

Under Dean Perry’s direction, the college established a Nursing Alumni Association. It chartered Beta Nu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and it launched its master of science in nursing program. Today Beta Nu has more than 500 members who work to advance the profession through scholarship, leadership and a variety of service projects. This fall, our MSN program has 368 students enrolled across seven concentration areas. U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks the college among the top distance education MSN programs in the country.

Upholding a high standard of excellence in nursing education, Dean Perry served as an incredible resource and mentor, both before and after her 1981 retirement from the deanship. She drew from previous experiences — including a faculty position at Watts School of Nursing and a tour of duty with the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in Korea and Japan — in giving guidance that would touch the careers of countless faculty, students and nursing professionals.

Dean Perry’s many years of dedication to ECU, our college and the profession of nursing have benefitted so many of us and will continue to do so for years to come. We’re all made richer because of her contributions. She will be missed.


Sylvia T. Brown, EdD, RN, CNE
Dean and Professor
ECU College of Nursing


If you would like to honor Dean Perry’s legacy, give to the Evelyn Perry Distinguished Professorship. To donate, please make your check to “ECU College of Nursing” and specify “Perry Professorship.” Send it to 525 Moye Blvd. Greenville, NC 27834. You may also contact Mark Alexander, Major Gifts Officer, at or 252-744-2324 if you have any questions.