Marguerite Austin Perry has spent a lifetime in service to East Carolina, working under eight university presidents and spending almost five decades as a professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature.
The North Carolina Community College System has been run by veteran politicians such as the late former Gov. Bob Scott and ex-U.S. Rep. Martin Lancaster, both wise to the ways of the General Assembly and knowledgeable about the challenges that have long faced North Carolina’s working people. The current president, Scott Ralls, is an educator, soft-spoken, who brought his own skills to the job.
It’s a tradition at some of the nation’s best universities: Incoming students are invited to read the same book, then talk about it. But before they even set foot on Duke University’s lush North Carolina campus, some members of the school’s incoming class of 2019 had a beef with a summer book they were offered.