Division of Research, Economic Development and Engagement at ECU

As the only university in North Carolina with a medical school, a dental school and a college of engineering, East Carolina University is leading the way in our region to create important discoveries through research. We offer research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students, while seeking the best and brightest minds to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Researchers here are developing new technologies, medicines and innovative approaches that will transform the rural and coastal regions of our state. Join ECU’s research team, make the next extraordinary discovery and support us in becoming the next great national university.

Senior Leadership

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Michael Van Scott
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor
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Margaret Macready
Executive Assistant

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Ted Morris
Associate Vice Chancellor, Regional Economic Development and Millennial Campus
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Mary Farwell
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs
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Kathryn Verbanac
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences

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Sharon Paynter
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement and Research


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Norma Epley
Director of Integrity and Compliance
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Barbara Gray
Director of Sponsored Programs
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Julie Cole
Director of Grants and Contracts

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Brandon Morrison
Director of Strategic Initiatives
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Jim Menke
Military Liaison
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Marti Van Scott
Director of Commercialization and Licensing

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Anthony Rowe
Director of Export Controls and Customs
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Ariana Billingsley
Director of SBTDC at ECU
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Joe Gaines
Director of Regional Economic Development

Support Staff

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Becky Gardner
Business Officer
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Matthew Smith
Public Communication Specialist
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Paige Middleton
Visual Arts Specialist

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Shaun Reece
Tech Support Specialist