ECU officials react to departure of Brody’s Dean, ECU Chancellor

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Two of ECU’s top officials are set to leave the university in 2016.

Chancellor Steve Ballard announced he would be leaving the university this past summer. On Monday, Paul Cunningham, Dean of the Brody School of Medicine, also announced he would be leaving his position later this year.

While the news may come as a shock to the campus community, ECU Board of Trustees Chairman Steve Jones said the university is still in a very good position. He said while Ballard and Cunningham were both instrumental for the university, it has always been, and will continue to be, all about teamwork.

“Our initiatives are supported and carried out by a whole team of people at the university,” Jones said. “We feel like we will have continuity through this transition.”

Both Cunningham and Ballard were very instrumental in getting $16 million appropriated to the Brody School of Medicine by Governor McCrory. Jones said if another critical situation arose like that, he was confident the replacements would handle it just as well.

He doesn’t anticipate any hits to donations to the university because of the departures. He said whoever is chosen will be entering an environment where they can succeed.

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