Knight Commission executive director to speak on leadership

Amy Perko, executive director of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, will present “The Role of Leadership in Moving College Athletics Forward,” for the Fourth Annual Sports Business Leadership Series, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 26 in the Multipurpose Room at the Murphy Center, East Carolina University.Amy Perko Flyer

Perko is a recognized leader on college sports issues, having served in various leadership positions in sports for more than 20 years. In January 2012, she received the NCAA’s prestigious Silver Anniversary Award, which is given to six former college athletes on the occasion of their 25th anniversary from college participation in recognition of their civic and professional contributions.  She was honored as an ACC Legend in 2005.

Perko serves as the Commission’s spokesperson, and has been quoted and interviewed by leading news media, including: USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, and numerous public radio stations.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Performance.

The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.


ECU alumna named new Raleigh police chief

East Carolina University graduate and acting interim chief Cassandra Deck-Brown was chosen as police chief for Raleigh. She is the first African-American woman to head the department and the first chief chosen from within the department since 1994.



That year, Deck-Brown’s brother in-law, Mitchell Brown, was promoted to chief and served nearly seven years.

Deck-Brown has been with the Raleigh Police Department since 1987 and worked her way up to deputy chief. She was selected for the position following a national search.

She grew up in Franklin County but spent summers with her mother’s relatives in Philadelphia, where she saw a female police officer on the street one day. The sight of a woman in uniform and in control inspired her, she said in 2006.

Deck-Brown graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in criminal justice, then entered the police academy and the Raleigh Police Department in 1987. She worked as a patrol officer, a crime prevention-community relations officer and a detective, before earning a master’s degree in public administration from N.C. State University in 1995.

Promoted to captain in 2003, she became commander of what is now the North District. She later headed the department’s Administrative Services Division and was promoted to deputy chief last summer.


OAAS seeks nominations for excellence awards

The Organization of African American Staff seeks nominations for the ECU African-American Awards of Excellence.

The OAAS seeks to achieve a visible commitment of the inclusion and valuing of African -American staff, faculty and students at East Carolina University through the promotion of cultural and professional development, wellness, networking, mentorship, leadership, community outreach, scholarship and economic prosperity.

The inaugural ECU African-American Awards of Excellence recognizes outstanding contributions by ECU African-Americans. Nominees for the awards may include current and past ECU African American faculty, staff, students and administrators.

Nominations may also be made for outstanding ECU alumni who serve as community leaders.

Send the nomination letter to Dr. Lathan E. Turner and the OAAS Awards Committee, by Monday, Feb. 4that 5 p.m.  Email nomination letters to  or mail to East Carolina University, C/O OAAS Award Selection Committee, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, Mail Stop 426, Greenville, NC 27858.


Red Carpet Affair to feature banquet, awards

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The ECU Organization of African American staff presents A Red Carpet Affair dinner banquet and awards celebration. WITN-TV news anchor Lynnette Taylor will keynote the event, which will include a two-hour program honoring achievements of African-Americans in the ECU community.

At the conclusion of the event, participants may enjoy the Motown Concert at Wright Auditorium on the ECU Campus.

Tickets for both events are $35 general admission, $23 for students.

For the Red Carpet Affair only, tickets are $25 general admission, $15 for students.

To purchase tickets contact 1-800-ECU ARTS, 252-328-4788 or


UNC biology chairs to discuss educational challenges

Nearly a dozen biology department chairpersons from across the UNC System will gather Feb. 1 on the East Carolina University campus to discuss educational and research approaches that best benefit the various groups.

“Given the challenges and changes we all face in resources, curricula, staffing, distance education…it might be quite useful to get together and discuss which approaches work in which situations,” said organizer and ECU Biology chairman Dr. Jeff McKinnon. “Opportunities for collaboration and coordination may also present themselves.”

The participants will discuss such topics as vision and change initiative, fundraising and advancement, graduate program challenges and departmental research profiles, research/teaching loads and balancing fixed term/tenure track, and cooperation and coordination among departments and campuses.

The gathering is hosted by Dean Alan R. White, the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Biology.

For additional information, contact McKinnon at 252-328-5258 or email