Phillip R. Dixon is a native of Wake Forest, North Carolina and a graduate of William G. Enloe High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) from East Carolina University and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.
Mr. Dixon has previously served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Pitt Community College and as Chair of the Board of Trustees of East Carolina University. He represents numerous public bodies, including Greenville Utilities Commission of the City of Greenville, NC, the Town of Ayden, NC, and Carolina Donor Services (formerly Carolina Organ Procurement Agency), which works in conjunction with Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bowman-Gray, and the East Carolina University Schools of Medicine, to provide organ and transplant services to seventy-nine (79) of one hundred (100) counties in North Carolina. He previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of North Carolina Citizens for Business & Industry, and as former Chair of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy & Research. Mr. Dixon’s recognitions include Citizen of the Year and Volunteer of the Year by the Pitt-Greenville Chamber of Commerce and Outstanding Alumnus, East Carolina University.
He has also received Distinguished Service Awards from the East Carolina University Alumni Association, the Greenville Jaycees, Pitt Community College, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Education Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He currently is a member of the Distinguished Advisory Council of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, and a member of the UNC Board of Governors.
Dr. Linda Patriarca currently serves as Dean of the College of Education at East Carolina University. She came to ECU from Caldwell College in New Jersey where she was Associate Dean and Professor after having spent 25 years as a faculty member at Michigan State University.
She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in speech and language pathology and elementary education from Eastern Michigan University and her Ph.D. degree in special education and reading from Michigan State University. Her research has focused in three areas: effective instructional practices for at-risk students, improvement of teaching and teacher education and collaboration. Since her arrival as Dean in August 2008, she has focused her efforts on supporting and enhancing quality programs and services. To this end, she was instrumental in the development, submission, and receiving a $9 million dollar U.S. Department of Education grant to improve and study teacher preparation.. Many accreditation and research-to-practice projects have gotten underway in the college over the past four years and plans are underway to transform the College of Education Advising Center to a Student Support and Services Center—one that will have a role to play in Student Recruitment and Retention as well as Advising. Finally, in order to give students more voice and visibility, a Junior Professional Advisory Board has been formed recently in the college. This board comprised of undergraduate and graduate students will serve as a representative body of students who will advise the Dean on matters related to teaching, research and service.