College of Nursing reports administrative changes

Laura Gantt

Several administrative changes have been announced within the College of Nursing.

Lou Everett

Dr. Laura Gantt will assume an expanded role as the Executive Director of College of Nursing Support Services.  In this role, she will have administrative oversight of the Student Development and Counseling area, Instructional Technology, as well as continuing to oversee the Learning Resources Center and the Concepts Integration Labs.  These support services are critical to support the mission of the CON and administrative oversight in these areas will help to assure that efforts are coordinated in an effective and efficient manner.  Rita Coggins will serve as Assistant Director for the Concepts Integration Labs.  In this role, she will be coordinating day to day activities in the lab.

Dr. Lou Everett will assume the role of Retention and Student Success Coordinator.  As part of student retention efforts, Dr. Everett will be assisting the CON’s Student Development and Counseling Center with tracking of students who have not followed up with their individualized retention plan and will serve as a liaison between faculty and counselors to help students be successful in the undergraduate nursing program.  Nancy Lilley has assumed the role of Assistant Director of Student Services for Pre-Nursing Majors on East Campus.

The college continues to have many students interested in the nursing major and have had 551 new intended nursing students participate in the ECU orientation this summer.  This is in addition to the 574 intended nursing majors who will be returning in the fall.


Rita Coggins


ECU alumna Betsy Justus leaves legacy of service

East Carolina University alumna Betsy Young Justus ’67 of Raleigh died July 9.

Justus was the first woman chair of the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, the first woman secretary for the N.C. Department of Revenue and founder/president of the North Carolina Electronics and Information Technologies Association. She also served as senior vide president of business development for ACS Enterprise Solutions and vice president at Alphanumeric System. Among her community activities included service as president of the Greater Hickory United Way, president of the National Association of Employment Security Administrators and chair of the board of directors of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research.

Justus was recognized by Gov. Jim Hunt with the Distinguished Women of North Carolina Business and Professional Award. She received a number of honors including Woman of the Year in 1981 and 1981 in the Hickory area, the N.C. Academy of Women Award and the Women in Business Award from the Triangle Business Journal.

Survivors included husband Edward Dale Justus, son Bradford Scott Justus and daughter-in-law Amy, and grandsons Grant and Matthew.

Read more about Justus and her service to the state of North Carolina in the News and Observer. Visit the guestbook for condolences and memories.



Nursing faculty recognized with Daisy Award

Four faculty members in the ECU College of Nursing have been recognized as outstanding nurse educators by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Mark Hand, Betty Lease, Becky Bagley and Dr. Mel Swanson received the Daisy Award.

The award was created by the Daisy Foundation and AACN to provide nursing schools with a national recognition program designed to honor teachers for their commitment and inspirational influence on future generations of nurses.

Hand is a clinical assistant professor in undergraduate nursing science, junior division. Lease is a clinical assistant professor in undergraduate nursing science, senior division.

Bagley is a clinical instructor and director of nurse-midwifery in the graduate nursing science department. Swanson is a professor in the doctoral program.

Honorees may be nominated by students, peers, clinical staff in affiliated practice sites and school administrators. Recipients are chosen by participating institutions. Each winner received a hand-carved Healer’s Touch sculpture, a Daisy Faculty Award pin, and a certificate.

The Daisy Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of complications from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. In the hospital for eight weeks, his family was awed by the clinical skill and compassion they experienced from the nurses who cared for him and his family. After his death, they created a foundation to honor nursing excellence and research.

The AACN is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing representing more than 640 member schools.



Business faculty report new publications

Faculty members in the College of Business have reported new publications, including the following:

  • By Joseph Tomkiewicz, Kenneth Bass and T.D. Gribble (Management), “Potential Pitfalls of Ethnocentrism in a Globalizing World,” in the College Student Journal.
  • By Denise E. Dickins (Accounting), “Should those charged with corporate governance care about auditor offshoring?” in the International Journal of Disclosure and Governance; and “Will there be Whistleblowers?” in Regulation.
  • By Dickins and Cal Christian (Accounting), “Ethical Dilemmas” in Internal Auditing.
  • By Shanan Gibson and Michael Harris (Management), “Investigating the Entrepreneurial Attitudes of Armenian Immigrants,” in the Coastal Business Journal.
  • By Tom Robbins (Marketing and Supply Chain Management), “Tour Scheduling and Rostering” in the Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science.

Work by ECU professor issued patent

Rachel Roper

Collaborative work that included ECU professor Rachel Roper (Microbiology and Immunology) was issued a US Patent March 1. The patent was for “SARS virus nucleotide and amino acid sequences and uses thereof,” which covers the genome, protein sequence, diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics. The  invention will be helpful in diagnosing, preventing and treating a variety of SARS virus related disorders. Additional information is available at


Carter selected as interim chair


East Carolina University professor Patrick Carter was named interim chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in the university’s College of Allied Health Sciences.

Carter teaches emergency medicine and clinical medicine as a clinical assistant professor in the department. He also participates in medical mission trips through Central America and is a member of the North Caroline State Medical Assistance Team, which responds to state and national disasters.

A Kansas native, Carter graduated from the physician assistant studies program at Wichita State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Kansas.

Carter was a National Health Scholar and, following graduation, practiced family medicine in rural Kansas. In 1999, he attended a surgical post-graduate residency at Norwalk Hospital at Yale University, then joined the trauma surgery and critical care programs for University Health Systems in Greenville. He has practiced emergency medicine in rural eastern North Carolina for 10 years, while serving as clinical preceptor and lecturer for ECU’s physician assistant program.

Carter replaces Carolyn Pugh, who has served as interim chair for a year.