Apr 222013



By Katherine Ayers

Saturday, April 20, 2013

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory will make up to two appointments to the East Carolina University Board of Trustees by July 1 to fill the seats of members whose terms are ending.

Bob Lucas, who is the board chairman, and W. Kendall Chalk both have terms ending on June 30, although Chalk is up for reappointment.

McCrory can either appoint two new members or reappoint Chalk and appoint a single new member.

During the trustees’ meeting on Friday, Lucas said it was hard to believe his two four-year terms went by so quickly. He told the board he first attended East Carolina as a scared 18-year-old, but the university “transformed him.”

“The strength of ECU is the people,” Lucas said. “Folks here have a unique passion, some say it’s a chip on our shoulder, but that’s our strength and that will lead us to greatness.”

Board members Joel Butler and Mark Tipton also are leaving the board on June 30 when their terms expire. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has appointed Robert Plybon of Greensboro and Terry Yeargan of Raleigh to fill those seats.

Outgoing Student Government Association President Matt Paske will be replaced by Tim Schwann, the incoming president.

The board is made up of nine members — four appointments by the state governor, four by the UNC Board of Governors and the SGA president. Appointed members can serve a maximum of two four-year terms.

In other board business:

The UNC Board of Governors accepted ECU’s 20-year affiliation agreement with Vidant Medical Center.

ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard discussed McCrory’s proposed budget, noting that the cuts could have “dire implications” for the campus and the whole UNC system.

Paske said his staff is drafting a proposal they will present to the Greenville City Council asking the council to allow students the opportunity to serve on boards and commissions.

The search for a new chancellor for advancement is ongoing. Rick Niswander, vice chancellor for administration and finance, said they hope to invite the top three candidates to campus for interviews in early June.

Contact Katherine Ayers at kayers@reflector.com and 252-329-9567.

Follow her on Twitter @KatieAyersGDR.

via The Daily Reflector.


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