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The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

When it comes to giving, East Carolina University Chancellor Cecil Staton not only talks the talk, but is walking the walk.

Staton, scheduled to be installed as ECU’s 11th chancellor later this week, has announced a $100,000 commitment to endow the Cecil P. Staton and Catherine D. Staton Study Abroad fund. The donation will support international travel and educational opportunities for ECU students.

“ECU is an extraordinary place that is filled with a world-class faculty and staff, and engaged students who share a strong and bold commitment to finding next generation solutions,” Staton said in a news release. “Our students aspire to become leaders and public servants for the world they will inherit.

“Catherine and I are excited to financially support this great institution by creating an endowment to fund one of our top priorities — global awareness and understanding.”

Enhancing the internationalization of ECU through global academic initiatives to increase participation in study abroad while also bringing an international focus to activities on campus has been one of Staton’s top priorities since his selection as chancellor in 2016. His formal installation ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday in Wright Auditorium to cap off festivities of Installation Week.

Among those is today’s Pirate Nation Gives Back, the first stand-alone 24-hour period focused on service and philanthropy. The day is designed to engage alumni, students, friends, faculty, staff and parents through giving in a variety of ways.

“Catherine and I wanted to participate in Pirate Nation Gives Back in a way that was meaningful to our family and to the ECU community,” Staton said. “We invite all of Pirate Nation to join us in supporting the university and its motto — Servire, to serve — on this day of service and philanthropy.”

“I’ve always recognized my study-abroad experience as an undergraduate as a defining point in my life. It led me eventually to do my doctoral work at the University of Oxford. On this day of service and philanthropy, I encourage all of us to do our part to ensure similar opportunities for future generations of Pirates.”

Staton became chancellor of ECU on July 1, 2016. Before coming to ECU, he was vice chancellor for extended education for the University System of Georgia, which included time as the interim president of Valdosta State University. Additionally, he was associate provost at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., and served five terms as a Georgia state senator.

A first-generation college student, Staton grew up in Greenville, S.C., and attended Furman University. He received masters’ of theology and divinity degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate in Old Testament, Hebrew and ancient Near Eastern studies from the University of Oxford in England.

TODAY

Pirate Nation Gives Back: Day of service and philanthropy

Service Awards Reception, Harvey Hall, Murphy Center, 5-7 p.m.

THURSDAY

Ribbon-cutting for Health Sciences Student Center, Health Sciences Student Center, 1-2 p.m.

Pre-lecture Reception, Whichard Building, 5:30-6:40 p.m.

Lecture: Freeman Hrabowski, president, University of Maryland, Baltimore County: Student Success in the 21st Century, Wright Auditorium, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY

Installation Breakfast for Platform Party and Special Guests: Cynthia Lounge, Mendenhall Student Center, 8 a.m.

Installation Ceremony, Wright Auditorium, 10 a.m.

Luncheon, On the Mall, noon

The Gala, A celebration of Chancellor Cecil P. Staton benefiting student scholarships for international experiences, noon

Cocktails, Dinner and Entertainment, Rock Springs Center, 6 p.m.

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