Category Archives: Commendations

ECU surgeon inducted into prestigious Academy of Master Surgeon Educators

Dr. Carl Haisch

Dr. Carl Haisch

Dr. Carl E. Haisch, a transplant surgeon and professor at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, recently became one of 91 esteemed international surgeons to be admitted into the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) newly created Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.

The academy recognizes surgeon educators who have devoted their careers to surgical education, as the academy’s mission is to play a leadership role in advancing the science and practice of education across all surgical specialties, promoting the highest achievements in the lifetimes of surgeons.

Following a stringent peer review, individuals are selected as either “members” or “associate members” and commit to furthering the academy’s goals, which include: recruiting innovators and thought leaders committed to advancing lifelong surgical education, translating innovation into actions, fostering exchange of creative ideas, disseminating advances in surgical education and positively impacting the quality of surgical care and patient safety.

“This is an important time in medicine for such an accomplished and innovative group of surgeon educators to come together. Underscoring the critical importance of surgical education in a changing health care environment will be one major focus for the work of the Academy,” said Dr. David B. Hoyt, executive director of the ACS.  “We congratulate and welcome all members and associate members of the inaugural class.”

Haisch, who was inducted as an associate member of the academy, is currently Brody’s vice-chair of education and faculty development and the director of surgical education for third- and fourth-year medical students.He alsoserved as Brody’s associate dean for faculty development.

Nationally, he has held a host of leadership positions for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the Association of Program Directors in Surgery and the PanAfrican Academy of Christian Surgeons.

Haisch was a recipient of the Bernard Vick Teaching Award for Excellence and the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award. Last year, surgical residents in Brody’s Department of Surgery created the Carl E. Haisch Humanism Award to honor individuals who demonstrate medical humanism in the care of patients and interactions with others in the medical field. Haisch was named the award’s first recipient.

“Dr. Haisch has long been recognized as a favorite and highly effective teacher for Brody School of Medicine students, residents and fellows. We take great pride in his being named an inaugural member of the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators” said Dr. Mark Stacy, Brody’s dean and the vice chancellor for ECU’s health sciences division.


-by Rob Spahr, University Communications

ECU joins national enterprise risk management task force

East Carolina University was recently selected to join several prestigious higher education institutions as a charter member of the new Higher Education Advanced Practice Enterprise Risk Management Group.

The group was formed by Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is focused on best practice sharing among institutions with recognized, respected and mature enterprise risk management (ERM) programs.

Tim Wiseman, ECU’s assistant vice chancellor for enterprise risk management, made two presentations to the group at its annual meeting at Yale.

“The inclusion of ECU in a group of advanced higher education top tier practitioners is an honor, and recognizes the dedicated efforts of ECU leaders over the past decade to develop a solid approach and framework for holistic enterprise-wide risk and opportunity management,” Wiseman said. “Sound ERM practices, when fully embraced and exercised, lead to better risk-informed decision making, institutional value preservation and creation, and stewardship of resources.”

Other members of the Higher Education Advanced Practice ERM Group include Boston University, CalTech, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell, Duke University, Emory University, Harvard, Indiana University, Johns Hopkins University, MIT, Northwestern, Penn State University, Princeton, Stanford, Syracuse University, Tufts, University of California, University of Cincinnati, University of Illinois, University of North Carolina Greensboro, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester, University of Texas System, University of Virginia, Washington University in St. Louis, and Yale.

ECU also has been helping the UNC system in the development of an ERM framework and facilitated two workshops this year for other UNC institutions working to develop ERM programs.

Enterprise risk management is an approach to managing all of an organization’s key business risks and opportunities with the intent of maximizing the shareholder value or stakeholder satisfaction.

“Being a part of this advanced practitioner group allows us to share best practices and gain insight into current and emerging risks in higher education institutions and proactively employ risk treatments to minimize potential negative consequences of risks and to make better risk-informed strategic decisions,” Wiseman said.


-by Jules Norwood, ECU News Services

Brody physician named head of state medical society

Dr. Timothy Reeder, associate professor and executive vice chair for clinical operations in the Department of Emergency Medicine at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine, was recently sworn in as president of the North Carolina Medical Society.

Dr. Timothy Reeder (Contributed photos)

Dr. Timothy Reeder, associate professor and executive vice chair for clinical operations in the Department of Emergency Medicine at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine, was recently sworn in as president of the North Carolina Medical Society.

Reeder, who has been with East Carolina University since 1998, earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Ohio State University, where he also completed his residency training in emergency medicine. He holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Reeder’s clinical interests include trauma care, pediatric emergency care and disaster medicine. His educational interests include health systems science, including patient safety, quality and leadership. He serves as director of Brody’s Health System Transformation and Leadership Distinction Track, which prepares medical students with advanced expertise in patient safety, quality improvement, interprofessional team-based care and population health.

He has made three medical mission trips to Nicaragua, where he provided primary care in the rural mountain villages of Jinotega, as well as trauma and cardiac education to medical staffs in Leon and Managua.



He was sworn in as the society’s 165th president during its LEAD Health Care Conference in Raleigh on Oct. 19. He previously served the society in a variety of roles, including secretary-treasurer, member of its board of directors, and member of its finance, credentials and communications, and membership advisory committees. He was president of the Pitt County Medical Society in 2007.

During his inaugural address, Reeder stressed the importance of returning joy to the practice of medicine.

“Over the next year I hope to help re-establish the joy in medicine for us. The activities of our organization must at their core, support and ensure the patient-physician relationship. For this is what gives us meaning and joy in our practice and profession,” Reeder said. “No matter the specialty, years in practice, or how disillusioned we may have become, the unifying principle that brought us into medicine was our desire to help another human being through the doctor-patient relationship.”

Reeder said he is honored to have this opportunity to provide leadership toward improving the health of North Carolinians.

“We will continue to provide leadership education to physicians, support physician wellness initiatives and prepare for Medicaid transformation,” he said. “This honor allows me to represent the unique needs of ECU and Brody through the North Carolina Medical Society to the Legislature, payers and leaders across the state.”


-by Rob Spahr, University Communications

ECU Student Media director wins Distinguished Newspaper Advisor award

Student Media Director John Harvey (center) received one of the nation's top awards for collegiate media advisers last month at the College Media Association Convention, where he was joined, from left, by TEC students Daniel Roberts, Trajan Warren, Jenna Price and Darby Hubbell.

Student Media Director John Harvey (center) received one of the nation’s top awards for collegiate media advisers last month at the College Media Association Convention, where he was joined, from left, by TEC students Daniel Roberts, Trajan Warren, Jenna Price and Darby Hubbell. (Contributed photo)

East Carolina University Student Media director John Harvey received one of the nation’s top awards for collegiate media advisers at the annual College Media Association (CMA) Convention on Oct. 28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Harvey, Student Media director at ECU, was one of four to receive the 2018 award for “Distinguished Newspaper Advisor at a Four-Year College.” Harvey attended the conference with four students from The East Carolinian: Darby Hubbell, Jenna Price, Daniel Roberts and Trajan Warren.

ECU student Gregory Arnold also picked up a CMA award, earning a Pinnacle Honorable Mention for “Best Feature Photo” that appeared in Expressions magazine.

“It was quite an honor to receive the award from my peers in the industry, and it was especially great to do it in front of my students,” Harvey said.

Since coming to ECU, Harvey has overseen an extensive remake of Student Media, instituting a training program called the Media Academy, restructuring the professional staff, forming the student executive committee, establishing the Student Media Advertising & Marketing Agency, and creating a magazine division that features The Hook, Rebel, Expressions and Anchors Away, a new graduation magazine.

Harvey’s most significant accomplishment at ECU is the development of the Media Academy, especially the Candidate Program for first-time reporters. The semester-long program provides instruction for students who wish to become reporters at The East Carolinian with classes on ethics, libel law, newswriting, feature writing and editing.

Cherie Speller, adviser of The East Carolinian, coordinates and teaches the Candidate Program, while radio adviser Shayna Johns runs a similar program for WZMB 91.3 FM called the Radio Corp, or Zombie Program.

Javeria Salman, former managing editor of The East Carolinian, applauded Harvey for the award.

“He has been a great source of knowledge over the years, from the candidate classes to my post-grad life,” Salman said. “John’s guidance during my college years pushed me to work harder and become a stronger journalist.”

Harvey spent nearly 20 years as a journalist in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, serving as editorial page editor, managing editor and executive editor. He shifted to education in 1998, becoming news adviser of The Daily Collegian at Penn State. He took an expanded role as Student Media director at Georgia Southern in 2010 before coming to Greenville in 2012.

For additional information, contact Harvey at


-Contact: John Harvey, director, ECU Student Media,, 252-328-9234

Brody administrator named fellow in newest class of emerging women leaders

A dean at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine has been awarded an international fellowship that recognizes her potential for executive leadership in academic medicine.

Dr. Leigh Patterson, associate dean for faculty development at Brody, has been named a 2018–19 Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine®(ELAM®) fellow.

Dr. Leigh Patterson

Dr. Leigh Patterson (Contributed photo)

The ELAM program is a year-long, part-time fellowship for women faculty in schools of medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy. The program hones the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today’s health care environment, with emphasis on the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions.

“To have Brody’s first ELAM fellow in many years is a testament to Dr. Patterson’s excellent reputation and vital experiences that make her stand out as a leader,” said Brody’s dean, Dr. Mark Stacy, who nominated Patterson for the fellowship. “She is committed to her development as a leader and to helping the Brody School of Medicine support its faculty and reach its full potential in all mission areas.”

The highly competitive ELAM program was developed for senior women faculty at the associate or full professor level who demonstrate the greatest potential for assuming executive leadership positions at academic health centers within the next five years.

The program is organized around three curricular threads: organizational perspectives and knowledge (a mini-executive MBA); emerging issues in leadership and academic health administration; and personal and professional development. Patterson will complete assessments and assignments online and attend sessions at designated locations around the country, including ELAM’s home institution, the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.

One requirement of the fellowship is to conduct an Institutional Action Project, developed in collaboration with the fellow’s dean or other senior official. These action projects are designed to address an institutional or departmental need or priority.

“We are extremely excited to see the impact these women will have on their institutions as they work through the ELAM curriculum and develop their action projects,” said Dr. Nancy D. Spector, executive director of ELAM. “The projects the fellows conduct not only help them understand the challenges facing academic health centers and the skills a leader must possess to address these challenges, but also often result in concrete changes at their institutions.”

Patterson has served in a variety of leadership roles, including associate dean, residency program director, chair of Brody’s Executive Curriculum Committee, leader for the school’s recent curriculum transformation work and administrator in faculty development. She is also an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Her interests include exploring ways to preserve and optimize medical education and better defining faculty roles and titles.

“I want to grow the Office of Faculty Development here, and I believe this opportunity will help me,” Patterson said. “Many faculty affairs deans around the country have participated in this fellowship and attribute their successes in leading programs and initiatives to the lessons they learned there.”

Patterson is part of the 24th class of ELAM fellows, composed of 60 women from 53 institutions around the world. She joins two women leaders from Duke University to round out North Carolina’s 2018 contingent. Nearly 1,000 ELAM alumnae hold leadership positions in academic health centers.


-by Spaine Stephens, University Communications

ECU earns StormReady designation

East Carolina University experiences its fair share of severe weather. From hurricanes and tornadoes to severe thunderstorms and flooding, ECU must continually prepare and train for unexpected weather events.

This month ECU was designated once again as StormReady by the National Weather Service. This is a voluntary program and the designation is renewed every three years. According to the NWS website, StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness.

ECU’s Continuity and Emergency Planner, Lauren Mink, said the university has participated in training and added new tools in the last three years that allow ECU to stay current in its ability to predict, plan and respond to weather-related events.

One of those new tools is WeatherSTEM, which is an on-campus weather station that includes a webcam, free downloadable app and automatic Twitter updates. Another addition is the new virtual emergency operations center software platform, Veoci. It provides the capability for communication and coordination during incidents, campus events and hazardous weather.

“Veoci proved invaluable during recent winter storms,” said Mink. “Aside from various campus administrators, the City of Greenville, Pitt County, NWS and the UNC System have access to the platform to share information.”

ECU continues to update the emergency alert system, ECU Alert, and hosts several annual safety and community preparedness activities. The university hosts NWS SkyWarn Storm Spotter courses for students and employees. Storm spotters are trained to be the eyes of the NWS and send real-time reports to provide ground confirmation for radar-indicated weather conditions.

Last fall, ECU participated in the three-day Hurricane Zephyr emergency management exercise that required participants to talk through the campus’ preparation and response to a Category 5 hurricane.

According to Mink, ECU also was named a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador by NOAA.

The next storm spotter training will take place March 6. For more information,


-by Jamie Smith, ECU News Services

Campus Operations employees recognized for excellence

ECU’s Campus Operations recently recognized employees for performance beyond the call of duty in one of the following categories: Service, Leadership, Ambition, or Spirit through three different award programs:

  • ECU Campus Operations’ Facilities Services Supervisors Award for Excellence Program is designed to recognize, on a semiannual basis, supervisory members (not to include Lead Workers) of the Facilities Services Staff from each of the departmental areas: Utilities Services; Building Services; Grounds Services (to include those grounds staff members working at the Health Sciences Campus/School of Medicine); and the Health Sciences Campus/School of Medicine.

The following Facilities Services employees have been recognized with a 2015 Facilities Services Supervisor Award for Excellence in the category of Leadership: Ed Traynor with Building Services – Masonry and James Lewis with Facilities Services – Building Trades on the Health Sciences Campus and in the category of Service: Kevin Sugg with Grounds Services – Moving Services.

  • ECU Campus Operations’ Facilities Services Award for Excellence Program is designed to recognize, on a semiannual basis, non-supervisory members (to include Lead Workers) of the Facilities Services Staff from each of the departmental areas: Utilities Services; Building Services; Grounds Services; and the Health Sciences Campus/School of Medicine (to include those grounds staff members working at the Health Sciences Campus/School of Medicine).

The following Facilities Services employees have been recognized with a 2015 Facilities Services Award for Excellence in the category of Service:  Jeremy Rogers with Building Services – Automotive Services, Stanley Valentine with Grounds Services, Jimmy Baker with Grounds Services on Health Sciences Campus, Kenny Frable with Utilities Services – Plumbing, Thomas Santana with Utilities Services – Steam and in the category of Ambition: Matt Vayo with Grounds Services.

  • ECU Campus Operations’ Award for Excellence Program is designed to recognize, on a semiannual basis, non-supervisory and supervisory members of the Campus Operations staff in the following departmental areas: Facilities Engineering & Architectural Services; Risk Management; Campus Operations administrative staff; Facilities Services staff working in Eppes Building 3 (Administrative Office) to include Facilities Service Center Staff, Maintenance Engineering, etc.; Grounds Services administration including Assistant Director, Landscape Architect, Administrative Support Associate; Utilities Services administration including Assistant Director, Administrative Support Associate, and Department Purchasing Agent; Building Services administration including Assistant Director, Administrative Support Associate; Housekeeping Services administration including Managers, Administrative Support Associates; Facilities Services – Health Sciences Campus administration including Assistant Directors, Administrative Support Associates, and Construction & Renovation Design Tech.

The 2015 Campus Operations Awards for Excellence recipients are Patrick Foley with Facilities Technology Support Services and Rita Rogers with Grounds Services administration in the category Service.

College of Nursing again named Center of Excellence

(Video courtesy of ECU College of Nursing)

By Elizabeth Willy

For the third time, the East Carolina University College of Nursing has been designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing.

Center of Excellence selection is by competitive application reviewed by a panel of leaders in nursing education. ECU was recognized for creating environments that enhance student learning and professional development, one of several criteria used to evaluate candidates. It will carry the distinction from 2015 to 2020.

“This is a wonderful acknowledgement of our continued college-wide efforts to provide positive learning opportunities for students,” said Dr. Sylvia Brown, dean of the College of Nursing. “Through carefully crafted evidence-based nursing curricula, interprofessional collaboration and community engagement, our mission is to prepare the best nurses possible.”

As designees, Center of Excellence schools are celebrated for their outstanding contributions to nursing education. Faculty and administration serve as advisers and sounding boards to other institutions seeking Center Of Excellence status.

“Their visionary leadership and dedication to creating environments of inclusive excellence nurture the creation of a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community,” said National League for Nursing CEO Dr. Beverly Malone.

The ECU College of Nursing was formally awarded its Center of Excellence status during an Oct. 2 ceremony at NLN’s Education Summit of nursing leaders, administrators, faculty and health care executives in Las Vegas. Twelve schools received the honor in this cycle, bringing the total number of designees to 41.

The college was established in 1959, and has an enrollment of 1,200 students in baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral nursing programs. It is the largest producer of new nursing graduates in the state and offers the only nurse midwifery plan of study in the state.

The college is known for innovative online outreach efforts and is perennially ranked among the top 20 online master of science in nursing programs in the country by “U.S. News and World Report.”

Housekeepers, supervisors honored for service

Housekeeping Services employee Jackie Smith with Academics was recognized with a 2015 Housekeeping Supervisor Award for Excellence in the category of service. Housekeepers Awards for Excellence in the category of service were awarded to Karl Gatlin and Tim Wynne with Academics, Earl Phillips with Health Sciences Campus / School of Medicine, and Teresa Grimes with Residence Halls / Student Recreation Center.

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