Gerlach Affirms ECU’s Commitment to Economic Development
In a luncheon speech at the Pitt-Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Interim ECU Chancellor Dan Gerlach linked economic hopes for eastern North Carolina to his university’s mission. “I don’t think the east can do well unless East Carolina University does well,” Gerlach said. Future economic development will hinge on training people to fill jobs, and ECU is in a strong position to meet that demand, he said. Meeting the demand calls for getting back to basics. With its roots as a teacher training institution, ECU can play a lead role in K-12 education and workforce development in the region. The campus also is a quality-of-life asset for eastern North Carolina. “There’s nothing better to do than sit in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on a Saturday afternoon watching a ballgame,” Gerlach said. He also expressed hopes for new facilities on campus, especially additional space for the Brody School of Medicine, and called on the business community to help the university advocate for state support.
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