Cecil P. Staton, interim president of Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia, has been named the 11th chancellor of East Carolina University by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.
Staton was elected today during a special called meeting of the board. Staton, 58, will assume his new duties July 1, succeeding Steve Ballard, who has led ECU since 2004. Ballard announced last year that he was stepping down and will return to the faculty.
“Dr. Cecil Staton brings to ECU a rare blend of leadership experience in higher education, the private sector and elected public office, as well as a practical understanding of how to bring diverse constituencies and organizations together to get things done,” said UNC President Margaret Spellings.
Staton said he’s looking forward to being part of ECU’s mission to serve students, the region and the state.
“I am very excited about this opportunity because of the wonderful assets at East Carolina University and the ability I think we have to use those assets to meet the challenges public higher education is facing today and to really be innovative and show excellence in every area of the university’s work,” Staton said today. “That’s exciting to me, and I’m very happy to be here.”