Kariko appointed director of Continuing and Professional Education

Annette Kariko has been named director of ECU’s Continuing and Professional Education program.(Contributed Photo)

East Carolina University’s Division of Research, Economic Development and Engagement has named Annette Kariko the director of Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) effective Feb. 1. 

Kariko stepped into the role of interim associate director of CPE in 2021.

She came to ECU with over a decade of experience as a leader in the field of professional development. As the vice president of AK Consulting Group, Kariko developed strategic plans for academic, government, association, nonprofit and philanthropic clients. Previously, she worked with the Florida Department of Children and Families as the operations management consultant. Kariko received a bachelor of science from Florida State University and has an associate’s degree in art.

ECU’s director of Continuing and Professional Education provides leadership for non-credited courses and professional development activities, lifelong learning programs and other related non-curricular educational and enrichment experiences. In the role of director, Kariko is responsible for strategy, planning, implementation, delivery and evaluation of CPE programs. 

“I’m thrilled to accept the opportunity to engage with our community of learners,” Kariko said. “I look forward to growing strong programs that build interest in lifelong learning, professional excellence and economic growth within our region.” 

Sharon Paynter, assistant vice chancellor for economic and community engagement, emphasized the importance of the CPE office in providing professional development as well as lifelong learning opportunities that engage residents of eastern North Carolina with the university.

“Annette’s leadership will help drive the approach ECU uses for meeting the needs of adult learners in the future,” Paynter said. 

ECU’s Continuing and Professional Education program serves the region by offering adults opportunities for personal enrichment and professional development, including updating career skills, discovering new talents and charting new career paths. These programs are developed and taught by highly qualified faculty and experts within the related fields.

Continuing and professional education opportunities at ECU are available online.