Jan 152013
 

By Katherine Ayers

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The East Carolina University Board of Trustees meets today and Wednesday at the ECU Coastal Studies Institute in Manteo for its once every four-year retreat.

The retreat begins at 2:15 p.m. with an afternoon planning session with University of North Carolina system President Thomas Ross. Wednesday will include a morning strategy session and a working lunch, ending with an afternoon brainstorming session from 1-3 p.m.

Steve Duncan, assistant vice chancellor for administration and finance, said the retreat will focus on matching ECU’s future to that of the wider UNC system.

“The board will be doing some strategic planning and goal-setting in an attempt to align ECU’s future with the five strategic goals President Ross set for the state system.”

Rick Niswander, vice chancellor for administration and finance, said the retreat will cost between $10,000 and $15,000 and will be paid with non-state funds.

“This retreat is something we’re required by the UNC Board of Governors to do,” he said. “Since many of the Board of Trustees members and the president of the UNC system will be at the Coastal Studies Institute for the dedication of their new building, we figured why not do it there?”

Niswander also said that the difference in cost between holding the retreating at the CSI and in Greenville was negligible and that the afternoon meeting worked better for Ross’ schedule.

“His schedule is very full and if we can put two activities into one time frame, that’s must better from his perspective,” he said.

Contact Katherine Ayers at kayers@reflector.com and 252-329-9567. Follow her on Twitter @KatieAyersGDR.

via The Daily Reflector.

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