Chancellor Steve Ballard, announcing the appointment, said, "Kitty Wetherington is experienced in all areas of the university, including both the central campus and the Health Sciences Division. I am confident she will provide expert legal advice, and I appreciate her willingness to assume this major responsibility."
Ballard said he has not established a schedule for filling the university attorney's position. Ben Irons, who had served in that role since 1988, has been asked to leave.
Wetherington, a magna cum laude graduate of ECU, joined the university as an assistant attorney in 2000 and was promoted to associate attorney last year. She holds a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was an associate in the firm of Young Moore and Henderson in Raleigh.