Byrd had previously served a vice chair of the 50-member board, an advocacy group that assists the chancellor and Board of Trustees in improving and promoting the university.
He succeeded Joel Butler, who was named to the Board of Trustees.
Byrd holds a bachelor's degree in business from ECU and is a longtime supporter of the university. He is a past president of the East Carolina Education Foundation (Pirate Club) and is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award given by the ECU Alumni Association.
In addition he is a past president of the Raleigh Sports Club and a past board member of North Carolina Economic Developers Association.
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