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The Leadership University

ECU will distinguish itself by the ability to train and prepare leaders for our state and nation.

Each year, nearly 10,000 East Carolina students contribute more than 132,000 hours of volunteer service to more than 187 health and human service agencies.

ECU offers opportunities for students to learn from current leaders from business and academic fields. The Cunanan Leadership Speaker Series connects students with current business and government leaders to discuss leadership and professional development. The Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series attracts some of the best and brightest minds of the academic world and explores a wide range of topics such as feminism, religion, and maritime history.

The ECU Leadership Challenge Institute is a five-week intensive program that helps students with demonstrated leadership experience to further develop their potential as leaders. This comprehensive program engages students through challenging activities, vibrant dialogue, and relevant readings.

The Chancellor’s Leadership Academy offers professional development for faculty and staff to improve their leadership abilities to benefit themselves, ECU, and their community.

Cadets from ECU’s Army ROTC have distinguished themselves with a winning record in contests such as the All American Brigade Ranger Contest, in which they prove their mettle at navigation, rifle marksmanship, and physical fitness against teams from other states. ECU cadets have also been invited to participate in the elite Sandhurst competition at West Point.

ECU selects up to 20 students from eastern North Carolina to receive the Williams Leadership Award. Recipients reside together in the historic Jarvis Hall and participate in a year-round leadership development program emphasizing ethics and values, decisionmaking, and leadership theory.

Established in 1983, the BB&T Center for Leadership Development has a proud history of providing support to ECU colleges and schools for innovative leadership initiatives. Focused primarily on faculty leadership, the center has benefitted from $1.85 million from BB&T since its inception.

Project HEART, a partnership between ECU’s College of Education and AmeriCorps, successfully mentors more than 6,000 at-risk high school students in math and science.

ECU was one of only 15 organizations in the nation selected to receive the 2010 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award. The award recognizes ECU’s support of all the men and women of our nation’s armed forces, including those enlisted members who are also faculty, staff, and students. ECU is only the second university to receive this national award.