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Shelton to take on new role at ECU
GREENVILLE, NC (Feb. 22, 2005) — Shelton, who led the development of a similar program at Eastern Michigan University, said preparing such leaders is especially critical now because of the large number of coming retirements among the current generation of senior administrators at community colleges. "Working with community college leaders is a long-standing interest for me," he said.
Chancellor Steve Ballard said, "When Bill Shelton proposed this new assignment, it seemed like a superb combination. Bill is widely known and respected in American higher education, and leadership is a hallmark of East Carolina. He will bring a unique combination of experience, enthusiasm and knowledge to his new role."
Ballard added, "On behalf of the university and eastern North Carolina, I want to thank Bill for the important role he has played and will continue to play at ECU. He provided invaluable wisdom and a steady hand during a critical time."
Shelton, a former president of Eastern Michigan, joined ECU as vice chancellor for university advancement in July of 2003. He served as interim chancellor from Sept. 18, 2003, to May 31, 2004, before returning to his role as vice chancellor.
Shelton said, "I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve in a leadership role at East Carolina, and I am excited about working with my colleagues in the College of Education."
Education Dean Marilyn Sheerer said she looks forward to having Shelton join the faculty. "He has an especially valuable perspective and he's great fun to work with. I can't wait for him to move into the college," she said.
Shelton's new assignment is effective July 1. Ballard said the university will conduct a national search to identify a successor as vice chancellor.
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