ECU names interim vice chancellor for health sciences

ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton announced today that he has named an interim vice chancellor for the university’s Division of Health Sciences.

Dr. Mark Stacy, dean of ECU’s Brody School of Medicine and senior associate vice chancellor for medical affairs for the Division of Health Sciences, will assume the role August 1. He will fill the position being vacated by Dr. Phyllis Horns, who will be stepping down after nearly a decade in the position.

Dr. Mark Stacy

Dr. Mark Stacy

“I’m pleased and grateful that Dr. Stacy is willing to step up and take the helm of the health sciences division during what promises to be a period of significant growth for that segment of our great national university,” said Staton.

In this interim role, Stacy will oversee a division that comprises the Brody School of Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, the College of Nursing, the College of Allied Health Sciences, the North Carolina Agromedicine Institute, the East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute and Laupus Health Sciences Library.

He will continue to serve as dean of the medical school and senior associate vice chancellor for medical affairs.

Stacy joined ECU as Brody’s sixth dean on Sept. 1, 2017, after a long and rigorous national search. Before coming to ECU, he served as vice dean for clinical research at Duke University School of Medicine, where he created and directed the Duke Office of Clinical Research. He was also a professor of neurology and chief of the Movement Disorders Division at Duke, focusing his clinical and research efforts on motor and non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease.

Before his service at Duke, Stacy was director of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in Phoenix. He earned his medical degree at the University of Missouri, then completed an internship in internal medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis, a residency in neurology at Hahnemann (now Drexel) University in Philadelphia and a fellowship in Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.

“I’m humbled and honored by this appointment,” said Stacy. “I originally was drawn to ECU because of my affinity for the mission of this great university, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on the health sciences campus to enroll and educate from our richly diverse backgrounds and perspectives.”