ECU, Fayetteville State University partner to benefit students, region

Two eastern North Carolina universities have established a new partnership to promote collaboration between the two UNC System institutions in meeting their respective missions.

East Carolina University and Fayetteville State University are both committed to the region and its students, and the new memorandum of understanding between the two represents an effort to identify opportunities to work together to promote graduate recruitment and education; undergraduate student engagement and collaboration; and research, public service and scholarship.

“We have a very diverse student population with differing personal and professional goals, and it is our responsibility to develop academic pathways that will help them achieve their goals,” said Dr. Lee Brown, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at FSU. “For many, it is immediately joining the workforce and applying their knowledge and abilities to problems in industry and government, but for others it’s to advance to higher levels in their careers, conduct complex research or pursue an academic career. 

“This agreement with our sister institution helps us to fulfill our obligation of meeting the needs of our students, no matter their goal.”

Under the agreement, ECU and FSU have committed to developing pipelines linking FSU’s undergraduate students to ECU’s graduate and professional programs; encouraging collaborations between academic programs and faculties in the areas of research, scholarship, public service and creative activity; and exploring the development of a short-term faculty exchange program.

“We are excited about the potential of this partnership with Fayetteville State University,” said Dr. Grant Hayes, interim provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at ECU. “Our mission as a university centers on student success and regional transformation, and providing pathways for students in eastern North Carolina to pursue their educational goals is a key part of that mission. Through this collaboration we will seek new opportunities for partnership and work together to the benefit of both institutions, our students and the region.”


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Jeff Womble, associate vice chancellor for communications, Fayetteville State University,