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ECU Board of Trustees chair Steve Showfety cited the groundbreaking for the new East Carolina Heart Institute as one of the university’s major accomplishments during the past academic year. Construction has begun in earnest on the center. Above, a welder works on the structural frame of the facility. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Highlights, Plans Cited

By John Durham

The ECU Board of Trustees, now in its second year under the chairmanship of Steve Showfety, is looking forward to participating in major university milestones in the coming months.

Showfety, president of the Koury Corp. real estate development firm in Greensboro, said that strategic planning, master planning and the university’s centennial will occupy much of the Board’s attention during the current academic year.

He cited plans for a new dental school at ECU, the groundbreaking for the new East Carolina Heart Institute, and the completion of the Health Sciences Building as major steps for the university during the last academic year.

He also noted that the Board of Trustees and the Board of Visitors held their first joint meeting in June in an attempt to more closely coordinate and elevate their working relationship.

“We had a very productive year in 2005-06, capped by a retreat in July,” Showfety said.

“There is no question that Board members are united in their desire to help take ECU to the next level. Under the leadership of Chancellor Ballard, we are clearly headed in the right direction.”

The Board will participate in a strategic planning workshop at its meeting on Oct. 6, reviewing a draft of the plan and providing suggestions and comments. Faculty and administrators are also reviewing the plan. Once the new university strategic plan is adopted, the Board will begin to participate in developing a new master plan to guide the university’s property acquisition and construction.

Because the Board is charged with approving the sites and plans for new buildings, much of its work is focused in these areas.

Showfety, in a recent report on Board activities over the last year, also highlighted the following activities and projects:

Memberships and chairmanships

• Welcomed three new members to the Board: Mark Tipton, Bob Lucas and Bruce Austin.

• Took advantage of members’ experience and previous service in appointing committees.

Internal structure and governance

• Revisited the governing documents—The UNC Code and ECU Trustees By-laws—to get a better understanding of the duties and responsibilities of the Board.

• Merged the University Advancement Committee and the Naming Committee to form the Advancement and Naming Committee.

• Created a separate Audit Committee.

Relations with PCMH/University Health Systems.

• Through the Joint Liaison Committee, continued to enhance relations with Pitt County Memorial Hospital, the university's most important partner. The Board supported the relocation and temporary closing of Moye Boulevard to facilitate the construction of the hospital's new tower that is part of the East Carolina Heart Institute.

• Joined the hospital board in seeking the widening of N.C. Highway 43 all the way to the 264 loop.

This page originally appeared in the Oct. 6, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at