Alumni and Friends

At Harriot College, private giving is very important to maintain and enhance the many excellent programs in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences and Mathematics that comprise the college. With private funds, we can offer opportunities to our students and faculty, and provide for research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels that would not be possible with public funds alone. The bottom line is that private giving provides the margin of excellence for Harriot College.

Support for Harriot College and its 15 academic departments can make a huge difference in the kind of educational experiences we offer our students. Scholarships – merit and need based, professorships, and program support offer assistance that cannot be funded by the State of North Carolina. To sustain the margin of excellence that Harriot College is known for, we rely on the contributions of alumni, parents, faculty, friends, corporations, and foundations. These gifts are used to fund lectures, equipment, teaching, and additional curricular activities that benefit students directly. Gifts can also be designated for specific initiatives.

Jennifer Tripp, Major Gifts Officer, is dedicated to helping you maintain your close ties, or reconnect, with the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences and East Carolina University. As an involved alumnus, you have the opportunity to see the many priorities of the college and how Harriot College will be able to significantly advance its teaching, research, outreach, and economic development missions due to your assistance.

Our professional development officers perform the following duties. They… 

  • build relationships with alumni, parents, faculty and friends
  • qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospective donors and current donors
  • educate constituencies on and off campus about the priorities of Harriot College
  • serve as a resource to prospective donors, current donors and development colleagues
  • act as liaison to the Harriot College administration and faculty on development issues
  • coordinate with the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advancement Council and departmental advancement councils