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One of Cecil Staton’s accomplishments during his chancellorship was implementing a plan to transform East Carolina University into a campus that advocates ecological sustainability. The plan, to be implemented between 2017-2022, contains these initiatives in the areas of climate change mitigation, academics and research, campus grounds, and materials management.
Chancellor Cecil Staton’s vision was to continue bringing ECU to a nationally prominent university status. Forwarding ECU to that status were initiatives such as expanding the Department of Public Health into the School of Public Health and doubling the amount of external funding for research.
The UNC system’s longest serving chancellor helped yield ECU’s status as a major public university. His transformative leadership style and alignment of personal and university values help yield academic, architectural, and athletic accomplishments. Accomplishments taking place during his tenure include establishing the School of Dental Medicine; building Gateway Residence Hall; joining the American Athletic Conference.