ECU chooses site for Heritage Hall

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – ECU is making progress towards honoring important figures in the university’s history.

Friday at the Board of Trustees meeting, the Heritage Hall committee announced the future student services center in Uptown Greenville as the location for the new Heritage Hall.

The idea for Heritage Hall developed in light of controversy surrounding the Aycock Residence Hall’s namesake, Charles B. Aycock.

In February, ECU trustees voted to rename this dorm, originally named after a former governor who supported segregation. Yet, they still wanted to honor the governor who had a big impact on education.

Heritage Hall will be an educational space designed to recognize important school figures, like Aycock.

They narrowed it down to two options: the courtyard beside Joyner Library or the future student services location.

WNCT spoke with Vice Chancellor Chris Dyba, who says this is the best possible way to honor ECU’s past.

“Names on a street or names on a building sort of lose their context. Having all these names in a context that is historical and explains the evolution of our university, I think is important,” Dyba said.

Money for the new hall will be raised through community and alumni donations.

ECU’s Associate Vice Chancellor in charge of campus living tells 9 On Your Side his department is currently working to come up with a proposal for the new name of Aycock, and will present it in the coming months.

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