Toriello named chair of Dept. of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies

Paul Toriello

Dr. Paul Toriello has been named the new chair of the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies at East Carolina University effective Aug. 1.

In the addictions and rehabilitation field since 1991, Toriello has worked as a paraprofessional, case manager and clinician. He also spent several years as the training director and then clinical director of a 108-bed residential facility serving adolescents with behavior disorders and substance abuse issues.

Toriello joined ECU in 2005 after four years at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. He has directed the PhD program in rehabilitation counseling and administration since 2009, and has served as the College of Allied Health Sciences’ interim assistant dean for research grants since 2011. In the role of principal investigator, Toriello conceived and started an addictions treatment clinic in 2007, and developed it into a state-licensed substance abuse intensive outpatient program.

He has participated in more than $5 million in projects funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, National Institute on Drug Abuse, the U.S. Department of Defense and other agencies. He is president-elect of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association.

Toriello earned his Doctor of Rehabilitation, specializing in substance related disorders, from the Rehabilitation Institute, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He received a bachelor’s in psychology and master’s in rehabilitation counseling from Wright State University. He is a board-licensed clinical addictions specialist and a board-certified rehabilitation counselor and clinical supervisor.

Toriello replaces Dr. Lloyd Goodwin, who served as interim department chair for several years on two separate occasions.

Goodwin facilitated the new department name change to reflect its expanded emphasis; combined two graduate degree programs to improve their visibility and reflect current and future practice; and initiated the application for a new national accreditation to broaden student recruitment and employment markets for graduates, according to Dr. Stephen Thomas, dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences.


ECU grad named to ‘Hill’s Most Beautiful’ List

A screen capture from publication shows ECU graduate Ryan Mills, selected by the publication as one of the Washington, D.C. area’s most beautiful people.


East Carolina University political science graduate Ryan Mills of New Bern was named one of Washington, D.C.’s most attractive in “The Hill’s Most Beautiful People” list posted on

A biography on the site compares Mills’ appearance as a “dead-ringer for Bobby Kennedy,” a family Mills has been fascinated with since childhood.

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In Memoriam: William Howard Waugh

ECU Professor Emeritus Dr. William Howard Waugh, former director of the Department of Clinical Sciences and former acting chair of the Department of Medicine, died July 18. Waugh was instrumental in founding the School of Medicine at ECU.

He served the university for 30 years and chaired the institutional review board for research with human subjects for 18 years. He retired in 2001, remaining active as professor emeritus in physiology. Following retirement, Waugh continued scientific research and publication, working from a laboratory at home. His last publication appeared in 2010 when he was 85.

Waugh was a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine in Medford, Mass., and attended Boston University and West Virginia University. He served with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in WWII and with the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps in the Korean Conflict. In addition to ECU, he held faculty positions at the Medical College of Georgia and the University of Kentucky School of Medicine.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Eileen Garrigan Waugh, of Greenville; children, Mark H. Waugh, of Knoxville, Tenn., Kathleen C. Waugh, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and William P. Waugh, of Goldsboro; and a grandson, Robert M. Waugh, of New York City.


Innovators Academy expands to Edgecombe County

Teaching assistant Amy Schlosser works with student Mandi Bass to develop a product for the Innovators Academy. (Contributed photo)


East Carolina University took a popular on-campus summer program on the road this summer. The Middle School Innovators Academy, which teaches innovation and creative thinking through design, debuted at West Edgecombe Elementary in Edgecombe County June 25 through July 9.

Eight students attended the two-week academy, where they learned practical sketching techniques, 2-D and 3-D digital imaging, model building, presentation, marketing and patent research. Supported by faculty and students in ECU’s School of Art and Design and NCSU’s College of the Design, academy participants developed ideas for innovative patent-worthy products.

Dr. J. Ted Morris, associate vice chancellor of the Office of Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development at ECU, said the expansion into a neighboring school district was aimed at introducing “a culture of creativity and entrepreneurship” to the county with an ultimate goal of boosting the economy.

“It was a positive experience for the faculty and teaching assistants working with the talented middle school students of Edgecombe County,” said Wayne Godwin, co-director of the academy.

The academy is a collaboration between art and design programs at ECU and NCSU, ECU’s Innovation Design Lab, and Pitt and Wake County public schools. The North Carolina Upper Coastal Plains Learning Council coordinated the Edgecombe County public schools connection with the academy.

The award-winning academy took first place last year at the University Economic Development Association’s 2011 Awards for Excellence national competition, acknowledging excellence in talent development. For additional information about the academy, or ECU’s Office of Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development, contact Dee D. Harper at or visit


Chitwood speaks at Beijing conference

Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood Jr. was one of the speakers at a recent conference on robotic surgery in China.

Dr. Randolph Chitwood Jr.

Chitwood, the Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Distinguished Chair and director of the East Carolina Heart Institute, spoke at the third Beijing International Symposium and Workshop on Robotic Cardiac Surgery, held July 14-16.

The event is an opportunity for medical professionals and experts from around the world to share the latest information about robotic surgery. Chitwood, a senior associate vice chancellor and professor of cardiovascular sciences at East Carolina University, is a pioneer in robot-assisted heart surgery, particularly mitral valve repair and replacement.

A link to an interview with Chitwood at the conference is available at the workshop’s website,



Perdue to swim in London Olympics

Lauren Perdue, daughter of ECU faculty member Tammy Perdue, will be competing in the 2012 Olympics in London. (Photo courtesy of the Matt Riley, University of Virginia Media Relations)

Lauren Perdue, daughter of ECU faculty member Tammy Perdue (Nursing) is swimming in the London Olympic games as one of four women on the 800 M free relay event.

She will swim Aug. 1, with hopes of making the finals scheduled for that evening. Following training, Lauren leaves for France July 21, where she will train for ten days before moving on to London for the games. Lauren is a senior at the University of Virgina.

Tammy Perdue teaches part-time in the Department of Undergraduate Nursing Science Junior Division.

The Charlottesville, Va. NCB29 news interviewed Lauren following her qualification for the Olympics. The interview is available at


Eight ECU women selected for BRIDGES 2012

Eight East Carolina University professors will participate in 2012 BRIDGES, an academic leadership program for women sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Selected were Rebecca Dumlao, associate professor in the School of Communication; Hsiao Ling Lai, assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics; Amy McMillan, associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy; Tendai Ndabvonga, assistant director of the College of Business; Laura Prividera, associate director of the School of Communication; Teresa Tripp, assistant director of Laupus Library; Alethia Cook, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science; and Marieke Van Willigen, associate professor in the Department of Sociology.

The program provides intensive professional development for women in higher education who seek to gain or strengthen academic leadership capabilities. It is designed to help women identify, understand and move into leadership roles within higher education.

BRIDGES is held in four weekend sessions Sept. 7 through Nov. 10.

More information on the BRIDGES program is available at



ECU Guitar Festival, Workshop begins July 14

The 17th East Carolina University Summer Guitar Festival and Workshop will be held July 14 – 17 in the A.J. Fletcher Music Building on campus, headlined by internationally known classical guitarist Jason Vieaux (

Preview performances by ECU guitar professor and festival director Elliot Frank are available on ECU-TV Suddenlink channel 99 at (Select ECU TV On Demand for a menu of interviews.)

ECU guitar professor Dr. Elliot Frank directs the annual guitar festival and workshop on campus. (Image captured from ECU TV video interviews with Frank)

“I am especially excited about the quality of this year’s artist roster, which is superior to most events of this type,” said Frank. “The festival has become a landmark among summer guitar festivals and is a can’t-miss event for guitar lovers and concertgoers alike.”

Featured artists include Vieaux and Duo Spiritoso (Jeffrey McFadden and Andrew Zohn, who first performed in Greenville as part of the 2005 ECU Summer Guitar Festival), festival director Frank, the Akerman Teixeira Duo, Stephen Aron and 2011 festival competition winner Mark Edwards.

The finals of this year’s solo competition are open to the public. The workshop and camp portions of the festival are open to students ages 12 and up who wish to acquire or improve skills on the classical guitar.

For more information regarding the workshop or concert series, contact Frank at 252-328-6245, or by email at, or visit


PA Studies names new chair

Dr. Alan F. Gindoff was named chair and program director of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Allied Health Sciences.

Gindoff was previously on the faculty at the School of PA Studies at the University of Florida. He completed his PA training at Wake Forest University. He holds a bachelor’s in zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University, a master of physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska and a doctor of health science degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Gindoff’s academic and research interests include glomerulonephritis and migraine headaches. In the academic arena he is particularly interested in mentoring and remediation. As a result of the latter interest, in 2004 Dr. Gindoff established an academic support program at the University of Florida which has had positive outcomes for dozens of PA students. His past clinical experience has been in urgent care, family practice, emergency medicine, pediatrics and student health.