Joyner Library embarks on campaign honoring alumna Janice Hardison Faulkner

Press Release

GREENVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 3, 2012) – Joyner Library at East Carolina University has launched a fundraising campaign to raise $150,000 towards a $275,000 renovation project that will provide a gallery space to host exhibitions, seminars, conferences and receptions for events such as scholarship recipients.

The new gallery will be named in honor of Janice Hardison Faulkner, a distinguished public servant and former university faculty member and administrator.

When the newly formed Joyner Library Advancement Council discussed its inaugural fundraising effort, the group wanted a project that would reflect the mission of the university and the library by “providing cultural enrichments and powerful inspiration as we work to sustain and improve the quality of life.”

Harry Stubbs IV, chair of the council, and Dr. Michael Priddy, chair of the council’s fundraising committee, created a plan to honor community leader and outstanding alumna Faulkner by renovating a portion of the library’s second floor creating the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery.

After a notable tenure at ECU as a Department of English faculty member and university administrator, Faulkner became a well-known and highly respected participant in state politics and government. She served as former North Carolina secretary of revenue, secretary of state and commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Since her retirement from state government in 2001, she has served on multiple ECU boards, including the University Foundation and was founding chair of the ECU Women’s Roundtable.

The university honored Faulkner in 2009 with its highest service award – the Thomas Jordan Jarvis Medal.

“Joyner Library strives to provide an enriched environment for scholarship, collaboration and socializing,” said Jan Lewis, interim dean of Academic Library Services. “We appreciate the opportunity to showcase the talents and hard work of East Carolina’s students and faculty while giving the community another opportunity to experience art, culture, history and connection. The library was thrilled to receive the fundraising proposal to create a venue that promotes our mission and honor Ms. Faulkner.”

The Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery will create a space that can host as many as 150 attendees while providing exhibition lighting and the latest in audio/visual presentation technology. It will also serve as a student study area.

“Janice Hardison Faulkner has served our university and state with grace and honor. This special place will be a fitting tribute to an outstanding citizen and I am pleased to be a participant in this endeavor,” said Dr. Michael Priddy, fundraising chair and former superintendent for Pitt County Schools.

Campaign officials finalized the architectural plans in June with a glass donors’ plaque on display at the gallery’s entrance. As of mid-August, more than $67,000 had been pledged to the project. The library will allocate $125,000 from the Verona Joyner Langford Endowment at the close of fundraising efforts.

For information on this project or Joyner Library, contact Dawn Wainwright at 252.328.4090 or wainwrightd@ecu.edu.

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