ECU Leads

ECU Leads

ECU Leads

East Carolina University is committed to inspiring our students to be engaged citizens and being a national model for developing the leadership of faculty, staff, and students through engaged research and service.  Students succeed at ECU when they become effective leaders.  The cornerstone of our work is based on ECU's definition of leadership - Leadership is a relational process of inspiring, empowering, and influencing positive change.  During all four years of enrollment at ECU, students may develop and enhance their leadership skills through assessment, learning, and experiential opportunities.

There are a variety of programs and initiatives that are intended to build students' foundation of leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Students learn about leadership models and develop and personal philosophy of leadership.  These programs, supported by different departments and offices across campus, are great ways for emerging leaders to network, share ideas, and begin their leadership development journey.



ECU Leads is a three-year, multi-stage program integrating co-curricular learning, curricular learning, and experiential learning.  The program provides an integrative learning experience through academic coursework, civic engagement, and campus involvement that enriches students' understanding of inclusion, leadership, and service within a global community.

Students in ECU Leads will:

  • Enroll in the Leadership Studies minor
  • Be recognized for involvement on campus
  • Build community with a cohort of students
  • Develop relationships with campus mentors
  • Be competitive in any employer's decision for hire