List of chancellors of East Carolina University

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Twelve men have been the president or chancellor at East Carolina University. In 1972, ECU joined the UNC system, which changed the name of the chief administrator at East Carolina. The chancellor is chosen by the UNC Board of Governors on the recommendation of the UNC BOG President. Above the chancellor are the Board of Trustees. Four of the twelve Trustees are picked by the Governor of North Carolina. The Student Body President sits on the Board ex officio.

Presidents of East Carolina University[edit]

# Name Term begin Term end Notes References
1 Robert Herring Wright 1909 1934
2 Leon Renfroe Meadows 1934 1944
3 Howard Justus McGinnis 1944 1946 Interim
4 Dennis Hargrove Cooke 1946 1947
5 John Decatur Messick 1947 1959
6 Leo Warren Jenkins 1960 1972

Chancellors of East Carolina University[edit]

# Name Term begin Term end Notes References
1 Leo Warren Jenkins 1972 1978
2 Thomas Bowman Brewer 1978 1981
3 John McDade Howell 1982 1988
4 Richard R. Eakin 1988 2001
5 William Muse 2001 2003
6 William E. Shelton 2003 2004 Interim
7 Steven Ballard 2004 2016
8 Cecil Pope Staton, Jr. 2016 present

Timeline[edit]

Presidents/Chancellors of East Carolina University

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