Leo Warren Jenkins

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Leo Warren Jenkins
Leo Warren Jenkins.jpg
Jenkins pictured in The Buccaneer 1948, East Carolina yearbook
President/Chancellor of
East Carolina University
In office
1960–1978
Preceded byJohn Decatur Messick
Succeeded byThomas Bowman Brewer
Personal details
Born(1913-05-28)May 28, 1913
Succasunna, New Jersey
DiedJanuary 14, 1989(1989-01-14) (aged 75)
Greenville, North Carolina

Leo Warren Jenkins (May 28, 1913 – January 14, 1989) was the sixth president and chancellor of what is now East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, USA. He was born in the Succasunna section of Roxbury Township, New Jersey and attended Rutgers University, majoring in political science. He enlisted in World War II as a marine, serving during the battle of Guam. Dr. Leo Jenkins joined the faculty of East Carolina Teachers College in 1947 and served as Dean of the school until his election to the presidency in 1960. Under his watch, East Carolina gained university status in 1967. When ECU became part of the University of North Carolina System in 1972, Jenkins stayed on as chancellor, retiring in 1978. The Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center at the Brody School of Medicine was named for him.

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