Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Economic Development and Engagement

After conducting a national search, Dr. Jay Golden was named the vice chancellor for the Division of Research, Economic Development and Engagement at East Carolina University in 2017.

Golden comes to ECU from Duke University where he served as Associate Vice Provost for Research and directed the university’s Corporate Relations Office.  As a faculty member at Duke, he served as the faculty chair of the Business & Environment program and served as the director of the university’s Center for Sustainability and Commerce which provided engineering and business research support to major manufacturing companies and brands.

Golden, who also serves as a professor of engineering at ECU with a secondary appointment in supply chain management, received his doctorate in engineering from the University of Cambridge. He studied at Cambridge University where he earned his master’s in environmental engineering and sustainable development in a joint program with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Golden also holds an Organizational Master of Project Management from Stanford University and an MLE from Harvard University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in management.

An author of more than 150 articles, Golden has participated in 100 invited presentations and more than 70 media interviews.  He has testified before congress and secured more than $30 million in research funding. Golden directed the National Center of Excellence on Sustainable Materials & Renewable Technologies while serving as a faculty member at Arizona State University and, in 2009, was presented with the Faculty Pioneer Award by the Aspen Institute for his leadership in the field of sustainability education and research. He was also named one of the 100 most influential people in business ethics by the Ethisphere Institute, which defines and measures corporate ethical standards. In 2017, Golden was appointed to the Board of Scientific Counselors for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Dr. Golden brings both an entrepreneurial and business background to the office having started a small business in Tempe, Arizona that grew to have operations throughout the West and Southwest.  He has also held leadership positions in multiple publicly traded companies including a fortune 150 international service and technology company.  Golden serves on a number of boards, including the North Carolina Biotechnology Center Board of Directors.


About the Office of the Vice Chancellor

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Engagement and Economic Development is responsible for research policy and integrity, research administration and contract negotiations across ECU for both the main campus and the health sciences campus. The division directs new intellectual enterprises, including technology transfer. Industry, military and government agency research partnerships and community engagement and economic development activities across the eastern half of North Carolina are also managed by the division. The vice chancellor leads the development of ECU’s new 328-acre millennial campus, which will drive public-private partnerships, innovation and investment in the region.


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Jay Golden
Vice Chancellor
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Margaret Macready
Executive Assistant

Office Mailing Information
Division of Research, Economic Development and Engagement
1500 Greenville Centre
2200 S. Charles Blvd.
Mail Stop 157
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353