GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The UNC Board of Governors have elected Cecil Staton as ECU’s new chancellor at a special session Wednesday.
Dr. Staton will start on July 1, and will make $450,000 a year.
UNC System President Margaret Spellings recommended Staton at Wednesday’s session. He previously spent 10 years as a Georgia state senator and serving as the interim president at Valdosta State University.
Staton was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. During his acceptance speech, Staton talked about how his parents gave up a lot, so he could pursue higher education.
“It led me from Furman to two masters degrees, and an opportunity to do my doctoral work in the lofty academic environment at the university of oxford. That was quite an unexpected journey for a kid who grew up with a textile mill just across the road,” said Dr. Staton.
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Sources close to East Carolina University say UNC System President Margaret Spellings will recommend Cecil Staton as ECU’s new chancellor Wednesday.
9 On Your Side has learned that the UNC Board of Governors is very supportive of the recommendation.
Staton is the interim president at Valdosta State University and served as a Georgia state senator for 10 years. Visit this link for his complete bio.
The UNC Board of Governors will vote on the new chancellor at a special session Wednesday. Watch Live here.
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The UNC Board of Governors called a special session for Wednesday to tackle two topics.
The only expected items up for discussion are appointments for UNC-TV and the election of a chancellor for East Carolina University.
The board oversees all 17 campuses in the system, including ECU.
Current ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard will step down this summer.
A search committee submitted its nomination to the board earlier this month after holding several meetings.
According to a board spokeswoman, the board will discuss the pick during closed session then elect the new the chancellor during the open session portion.
Wednesday’s meeting of the board will be broadcast live starting at 1:30 PM.