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Three Undertake New Roles


Chancellor Steve Ballard has named three veteran administrators to senior positions at East Carolina University.

Dr. Marilyn Sheerer, former dean of the College of Education, has been appointed interim vice chancellor of student life. Sheerer, who just completed a year as interim vice chancellor for advancement, succeeds Dr. Garrie Moore, who is joining the City University of New York System as vice chancellor for student development.

Ballard said, “Marilyn Sheerer brings to this new position an exceptional level of talent, enthusiasm and dedication. She is one of the most skilled and respected leaders on our campus, and I am delighted that she has agreed to serve in this role.”

Sheerer joined ECU in 1996 and was named dean in 1998. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg State College in Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in student personnel in higher education from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in curriculum and supervision from Ohio University. Before joining ECU, she held student life positions at Temple University and faculty and administrative positions at National-Louis University in Chicago, Ohio University, Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and Northern Illinois University.

Dr. Virginia Hardy has been named interim chief diversity officer for the university. She will continue her roles as interim senior associate dean of academic affairs at the Brody School of Medicine and associate dean for counseling and diversity with the academic support and enrichment center, also at Brody. She will work with the Chancellor’s Diversity Council in helping to guide the university’s commitment to diversity.

Hardy, who has been at ECU since 1993, holds a bachelor’s degree in English and history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in counselor education from ECU and a doctorate in counselor education from North Carolina State University.

John Durham has been appointed to the new position of executive director of university communications.

In this role, he will oversee all central communications and public relations activities and serve as the chief spokesman for the university. He will also continue his role as assistant secretary to the Board of Trustees.

Durham has been at ECU since 1994, serving in senior public affairs roles. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Rice University and a master’s degree from Stanford University.

“I am proud to have all three of these individuals on the university’s Executive Council, and I look forward to working with them,” Ballard said.

This page originally appeared in the July 28, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at