Category Archives: Staff

ECU Police welcomes new officers

As students begin the fall semester, four new police officers will begin their careers at East Carolina University.

Officers in line for swearing in

B.A. Ferguson, Joanie Ferguson, D.A. Richardson, Pastor Donald Foster, A.C. Johnson, Andra Blue, N.C. Reynolds, J.L. Sugg, and Vickie Joyner, ECU Police recruitment coordinator. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)


Daryl Richardson, Neill Reynolds, Andrew Ferguson ‘16 and Anastahia Johnson were sworn in as officers during a ceremony Friday, Sept. 2 at the Greenville Centre. The new group will join approximately 55 officers on ECU’s police department which makes it the largest sworn police force in the UNC system.

“The ceremony is important because it marks the transition from trainee to officer. We want to introduce them to our community so people know who they are and understand they are not just officers but people who can help them solve problems,” said Jason Sugg, ECU’s interim police chief.

Officers took an oath and had badges pinned on their uniforms by friends, family members or fellow officers. Afterwards, the officers posed for photos to commemorate the end of training and the start of their career.


Richards receives a hug from Vickie Joyner, ECU Police recruitment coordinator

When Reynolds and Richardson reflected on why they chose ECU, a big reason was their desire to work on campus and serve the community. Reynolds added that he “appreciated the comradery and morale of the officers he worked with.”

Ferguson is originally from Roanoke Rapids and graduated from ECU last May. He decided to work with ECU Police because he wanted to stay in Greenville. His mother pinned his badge and other family members were there to show their support.

The officers will begin their duties Labor Day weekend which also happens to be ECU’s first home football game of the season.

–Jamie Smith

Annual announcement of Phased Retirement Program

Chancellor Staton announces the annual availability of the Phased Retirement Program for eligible tenured faculty members at East Carolina University. Individual letters to eligible faculty members are sent to home academic units. If your faculty appointment does not meet the program’s eligibility criteria for age and years of service, you will not receive a letter of invitation to participate in the program. If you do not receive a letter but believe that you should be eligible based on program criteria, please contact your respective vice chancellor’s office for assistance.  

Additional details about the Phased Retirement Program are available at:

Questions about the Phased Retirement Program should be directed to Linda Ingalls at 252-943-8584 or (Office of the Provost) or Lisa Hudson at 744-1910 or (Division of Health Sciences). 

Medical Library Association recognizes Forbes for outstanding service

Laupus Library Interlibrary Loan Supervisor Carrie Forbes is the recipient of the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Chapter (MAC) Award for Outstanding Health Sciences Library Paraprofessional from the Medical Library Association (MLA). The award honors Forbes for her outstanding customer service efforts related to her work in interlibrary loan and document delivery for Laupus Library.


Forbes (contributed photo)

“I am humbled and honored to receive this award and had no idea I was even nominated,” said Forbes. “I truly love working at Laupus Library and serving the ECU Health Sciences Campus and Vidant Medical Center by being able to provide Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery services for our patrons.”

The purpose of the MLA-MAC Outstanding Health Sciences Library Paraprofessional of the Year Award is to honor an outstanding library paraprofessional in a health sciences library and to recognize the critical role and important contributions library paraprofessionals make to the development and evolution of modern health sciences libraries and librarianship.

“Laupus Library is very fortunate to have many dedicated and talented staff,” says Roger Russell, Assistant Director for User Services. “I am elated that the MLA-MAC funds this award and that Carrie was chosen to receive it this year.”

–Kelly Dilda

Payne elected to national board of directors

The vice chancellor for legal affairs for East Carolina University has been elected to the board of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. 

Donna Gooden Payne, university counsel and vice chancellor for legal affairs at ECU, was elected June 28 to a three-year term as a member-at-large on the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) during its annual conference in San Francisco.


Payne (contributed photo)

The board is composed of attorneys representing universities across the country, currently including Princeton University, University of Kentucky, the University of Michigan and Yale University.

Payne, a member of NACUA since 2002, has served for eight years on NACUA’s Editorial Board for The Journal of College and University Law. In addition, she has also served on the NACUNOTES Editorial Board, the Committee on Legal Education and the Committee on Program for the Annual Conference.

Prior to joining ECU in 2008, Payne served as university attorney and chief of staff at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and as a partner and associate at Hester, Grady, Hester & Payne. While in private practice, she served as general counsel for Bladen Community College and for the Bladen County Board of Education. Payne’s nonprofit board experience includes among others serving at the national level on the Board of Directors of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and a certified mediator, including past service to the NC Office of State Personnel in its employee mediation and grievance process.  

A native of Bladen County, Payne is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar. She earned her law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NACUA is the primary source of higher education law programming for its members and for the higher education community. Founded in 1960, the association serves nearly 850 public and private higher education institutions and more than 4,500 attorneys throughout the United States and internationally. NACUA produces publications (including The Journal of College and University Law), sponsors continuing education workshops (including webinars), operates a website with a multitude of higher education legal resources and establishes cooperative relationships with other associations and groups.

ECU Police announce leadership change

On Monday, July 18 the East Carolina University Police Department said farewell to Chief Gerald Lewis during a reception in his honor.


Chief Gerald Lewis (photos by Cliff Hollis)

Lewis announced his resignation in early July after accepting the position of associate vice president/chief of police at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His last day at ECU is July 20.

“I have worked with wonderful people…the administration and other officers,” said Lewis. “Leaving ECU was a difficult decision but was the best decision for my family.”

ECU Police officers and members of the community recognized Lewis with gifts and words of appreciation for his leadership and community involvement while in Greenville. “We were privileged to have his experience, work ethic and commitment,” said ECU Police Lt. Amy Davis.

While ECU conducts a nationwide search for a new leader, Deputy Chief Jason Sugg has been appointed interim chief.

Sugg has 17 years of law enforcement experience with the ECU Police Department and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He has undergraduate degrees from the University of Oklahoma and East Carolina University and is completing a master’s degree in public administration at Penn State University.

Bill Koch, associate vice chancellor for the office of environmental health and campus safety, said the search for a new police chief will take several months to complete.

–Jamie Smith

Joyner Library surpasses 1 million visitors during academic year

The Joyner Library at East Carolina University set a new record for attendance with more than one million visits in the past academic year. It is the first time the annual gate count has ever hit the million-visitor mark.

Joyner Library's one millionth visitor

Joyner Library’s one millionth visitor during the 2015-2016 academic year, Josiah Thornton. (Photos by Jay Clark)

“It is particularly remarkable that this threshold was exceeded this year,” said Dr. Jan Lewis, director of Joyner Library. “Despite the construction, the road closings, the changes in bus routes, and the lack of parking.”

Throughout the year Lewis had concerns that construction of the new student center would disrupt normal operations and discourage students from using the library. She credits the hard work of library staff for the increase in attendance.

“It is because of their excellent customer service, student and faculty-centered approach, resources, and work spaces that people are here,” said Lewis. “Thanks to everyone and to our colleagues in housekeeping and facilities for all they do to make Joyner a valued and inviting location.”

Jan Lewis and Josiah Thornton

Jan Lewis, director of Joyner Library, welcomes the library’s one millionth visitor, business student Josiah Thornton.

Josiah Thornton, an undergraduate student in ECU’s College of Business, was the library’s one-millionth visitor.

“The library is a lost treasure at many universities and campuses,” said Thornton. “The library can enrich a student’s total learning experience while offering everything students need in a one-stop shop.

“If we are to compete in a global capacity, we must meet the needs of every student. The library is one part of the university that truly tries to do that.”

Jan Lewis speaks

Jan Lewis, director of Joyner Library, speaks during a celebration of the library’s one millionth visitor.

Mark Sanders, assistant director for public services says that Joyner Library attendance numbers have doubled in the last 17 years.

“Today, the Library welcomes more than twice as many people as attend all of ECU’s home sporting events, combined,” said Sanders. “This doesn’t diminish the importance of athletics, but demonstrates the university community’s commitment to student success and academic production.”

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–Jay Clark

Updated 1 Card design unveiled during orientation

The ECU 1 Card office has announced a redesign of the ECU 1 Card. Students attending the first New Student Orientation were among the first to receive a newly designed card. The new multi-purpose ID card will be phased in rather than doing a complete recarding of the entire campus community. Current 1 Cards will remain active.

The new card features a rendering of the cupola and university logo, along with the card holder’s name, photo, and designation, such as student, faculty or staff. It was a collaborative effort, with input from several campus constituents and student leaders, according to 1 Card Director Merlena Artis. The design was done by ECU Creative Services.

Also changing with this new class of East Carolina students is a new name for the Gold Key Account, one of the declining balance funds tied to the 1 Card. Bounty Bucks is the name of the account, making it more reflective of the university’s nautical themes. 

“We’re hoping students will find the new name fun, and be more inclined to join the number of students, faculty and staff who take advantage of the account,” said Artis. Given the enthusiasm at the first two orientation sessions, the account is becoming more popular than in previous years.

Funds in the Bounty Bucks account can be used for prescriptions and services at the Student Health Center, purchases at Dowdy Student Stores, payment of fines and fees at various campus locations, as well as at the 1 Card Office. A complete list of Bounty Bucks uses and how to add funds to the account is found on the 1 Card web site: Additional uses for this declining balance account are in the planning stages.

Earlier this year a new application for mobile devices was released called GET, where all card holders can see the balance of funds in accounts tied to their card. The GET application information is also available on computers through the Pirate Portal or the 1 Card website. Transaction history for 1 Card accounts, the ability to report your card lost, and view locations to use the 1 Card are available through GET. Through settings, users have an added security measure where they can mark their mobile device as lost and deactivate PIN’s that would be used for the GET application.

Another new feature underway is the ability for parents and family members to add funds to card accounts via the internet through TouchNet.  

Updated cards for staff and faculty will be phased in by departments at various intervals over the next two years. Employees will be notified when they can have their new card made. Current 1 Cards will remain active throughout the transition, including the GET and TouchNet features.

See the 1 Card web site for more information about card uses and security:

The ECU 1 Card is the official photo ID card for East Carolina University. All students, staff, and faculty need this card whenever they are asked to show university identification. The ECU 1 Card is used for spending accounts such as the Dining Plan and Bookstore account.  It is also used for specific building access and worn as an ID badge at the Brody School of Medicine and other locations. While the ECU 1 Card is required for identification purposes, other accounts linked to the card are optional.

–Leslie Craigle

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.

ECU administrator joins national board

An East Carolina University administrator is one of five people elected this year to the board of a national accounting organization.

In October, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Dr. Rick Niswander began serving a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a member association representing the accounting profession with more than 412,000 members.

Dr. Rick Niswander

Dr. Rick Niswander

“It is a distinct honor to be able to continue to serve my CPA profession and at the same time represent ECU in a national organization,” Niswander said.

Niswander has worked as a CPA for almost 35 years. He came to ECU in 1993 as an accounting faculty member. He served as dean of the College of Business from 2004 until 2011, when he became vice chancellor.

The AICPA board consists of 16 members, 15 of whom rotate every three years in sets of five. The board acts as the executive committee of the AICPA and oversees the organization’s management as well its volunteer committees. Board members work in both the public and private sectors. While the board normally contains one educator, Niswander is the first from ECU and the first in recent memory from a North Carolina institution.

“This is also a distinction for ECU,” Niswander says. “This is another opportunity for me to spread the word about this great university, in addition to serving those in the accounting profession. ECU has many outstanding employees who represent ECU within their respective professions in a similar manner.”

Niswander has a long history of dedication to his profession. He is also a member of the AICPA Council, a body consisting of 250 accountants from all 50 states. He recently finished a term as chair of the Board of Examiners, the body responsible for the oversight of the CPA exam.

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