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Sunday, April 7, 2019

I was delighted to see the comments by ECU Provost Ron Mitchelson in his “First Monday” publication recently distributed to university officials and other stakeholders. His letter praised the partnership between the City of Greenville and ECU and its importance in growing the university and our city. He is absolutely right, and the current relationship is as strong as I have seen it.

Dr. Mitchelson also pointed out the city’s development in recent years and its role in making the university more attractive for employees and students. I think it is important, however, that we also recognize the tremendous value that ECU has for our city and its role in our upward trajectory.

The breadth of ECU academic programs is unsurpassed, boasting exceptional medical, dental and engineering schools. The university also serves more students from distressed counties than any other school in the state and does it well, posting a five-year graduation rate of approximately 70 percent. According to a national survey on student engagement, ECU is also in the top 5 percent for quality of faculty/student interactions and the quality of academic and student life.

When I am asked about Greenville’s assets, it’s also nice to be able to point out ECU’s internationally-acclaimed schools of music and art and design, and note that its College of Education graduates have impacted more than 9 million children since inception. Throw in the university’s research, athletics and its support of entrepreneurship, including a partnership with the City on Greenville SEED for start-up businesses and the $77,000 that ECU has provided to start-up businesses through the Pirate Challenge, and it is easy to see why ECU is vital to Greenville’s success.

I am proud of our partnership with ECU, and I look forward to more great initiatives resulting from it.

P.J. Connelly

Mayor of Greenville

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