ELIZABETH CITY, NC – Elizabeth City State University (ESCU) is on a continuous rise to success. The University of North Carolina System Board of Governors has approved the appropriation of $2.3 million for ECSU, the largest allocation of repair and renovation funding for the institution in over a decade.
According to a press release by the university, during its July meeting in Chapel Hill Friday, July 27, the Board of Governors approved the funds for repair and renovation on the ECSU campus.
“This is great news for the University,” said ECSU Interim Chancellor Dr. Karrie Dixon. “This is the largest percentage of the UNC Systems repair and renovation funding pool that ECSU has ever received, and the largest increase since 2007.”
Board of Governors Chairman Harry Smith has been working ECSU as a member of the New Directors: Phrase 2 Working Group, launched last fall. Smith, a Greenville-based businessman, has helped steer ECSU toward campus-wide improvements, including his support for renovations and repairs.
“This funding will go a long way toward the future of ECSU,” said Smith. “The Board of Governors has confidence in the University’s new direction, in its leadership under the guidance of Dr. Dixon.”
Governor Darrell Allison also voiced his support for the appropriation and is excited that ECSU is receiving a level of funding it has not seen in over a decade.
“This tangible support from the state demonstrates that the UNC Board of Governors are serious about our overall investment strategy for ECSU,” said Allison. Moreover, it’s important to note that but for the strong advocacy demonstrated by Dr. Dixon on behalf of ECSU, I don’t think that support at this level materializes. It cannot be overstated enough that Dr. Dixon and her leadership team have been exceptional during this entire process.”
Dixon said the ECSU community is grateful for the confidence and support shown by the governors.
“I would like to thank President (Margaret) Spellings, the UNC Board of Governors, and the ECSU Board of Trustees for their support,” said Dixon.
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As a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina System, Elizabeth City State University offers baccalaureate, professional, and master’s degrees for a diverse student body. ECSU mission is to promote economic, social, and environmental progress for the people of northeastern North Carolina, the state, and the nation.
ECSU achieve our commitment to the highest quality education by maintaining a rigorous focus on academic excellence through liberal arts programs and using innovation and flexible technology-based instruction models to enhance our signature areas: integrating technology with education, improving human health and wellness, and advancing the natural and aviation sciences.
Through teaching, research and community engagement, the institution’s rich heritage and its current multicultural student-centered focus provide a firm foundation for its endeavors. It serves the needs and aspirations of individuals and society; producing graduates for leadership roles and life-long learning. For more information, visit www.ecsu.edu.