ECU chancellor, wife announce major donation


GREENVILLE, Pitt County - The East Carolina University chancellor and his wife announced a $100,000 commitment to fund international experiences.

In a news release sent by school officials, East Carolina University students will soon have access to additional international travel funding thanks to a commitment from Chancellor Cecil Staton and his wife, Catherine.

The Statons have made 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. Our students aspire to become leaders and public servants for the world they will inherit," Staton said. "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."

The formal installation ceremony for Staton will be 10 a.m. Friday in Wright Auditorium.

As part of Installation Week, Pirate Nation Gives Back, the first stand-alone 24-hour period focused on service and philanthropy, is Wednesday. The day is designed to engage alumni, students, friends, faculty, staff and parents through the giving of their time, talent and treasure.

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