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Old 04-26-2016, 11:47 AM
 
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Former Georgia senator Cecil Staton is expected to be named the next chancellor of ECU. Official vote and announcement tomorrow



From Wikipedia:

Born in Greenville, South Carolina
Graduated from Furman University
Earned Master of Divinity with Languages (1982) and Master of Theology (1985) degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Earned a DPhil from University of Oxford (Regent's Park College, Oxford) in 1988

Professor at Brewton-Parker College in Georgia from 1989 through 1991
At Mercer University for more than eleven years, as Associate Provost, Associate Professor, and Publisher of the Mercer University Press

He was a Georgia STATE Senator, not US senator

Interim President of Valdosta State University


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Old 04-26-2016, 11:54 AM
 
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My initial thought is underwhelmed at this hire.
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Old 04-26-2016, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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At least he's from the South, I think it's a pretty solid hire based on the finalists.

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Old 04-26-2016, 12:37 PM
 
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At least he's from the South, I think it's a pretty solid hire based on the finalists.
That doesn't say much about the finalists, ha.

I remember not feeling blown away when Ballard was announced, but he has been more than excellant.

I just have no faith in the current BOG, and there is a faint wiff of partisanship in this hire.
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Old 04-26-2016, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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I agree that it's better to have someone from the south. Too many yankees involved in ECU. I don't mean that tongue-in-cheek, either; I mean it as a lifelong resident of Greenville.

He seems to be a good friend of medicine/healthcare. That's a plus for ECU.
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Old 04-26-2016, 01:49 PM
 
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Sorry to hijack, but this could indirectly affect Greenville: Fayetteville may get a new minor league baseball team.

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The owner of the Houston Astros toured Fayetteville on Monday to consider bringing a minor league baseball team here.

Astros owner Jim Crane had a private lunch at Luigi's Italian Restaurant with two city officials and the area's industrial recruiter. His visit was not publicized.

Crane said he was here to have preliminary discussions and to scout the area.

"We just flew over to talk with local officials and look around and see what the possibility is of getting a minor league stadium here," Crane said.

Crane said he was hoping to have a stadium built by the 2018 season.

"There's no movement yet," Crane said. "Just discussions."

The city of Fayetteville has been acquiring about 15 acres on the southern end of Murchison Road near downtown for a possible minor league baseball stadium. the city has hired a trio of consultants for a combined cost of $130,000 to study the economic feasibility of such a stadium, which likely would include private and public funding. City officials said in January their report would be due in June.

Crane said he and his entourage were going after lunch to Fort Bragg to inspect a ballpark under construction that will be the site of a televised game between the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins on July 3.

Crane said he liked what he saw in Fayetteville.

"Downtown is very nice," Crane said. "The city is growing, and Fort Bragg is thriving. It looks like it could be a great spot for a minor league team."

City officials over the past year have flown to other cities to tour minor league stadiums. While in Nashville, Tennessee, in December, Fayetteville officials met with top executives of Minor League Baseball, the organization that operates in conjunction with the commissioner's office of Major League Baseball.
Fayetteville currently has a Coastal Plains league that would more than likely relocate. Another chance for Greenville to get a foot in the door by getting a stadium deal started for a coastal plains league team. Otherwise, it would be another chance for Kinston to grab a coastal plains team (If their minor league deal continues to fall through).

Say what you want about Fayetteville, they are trying to make the city better and have the population to support this type of thing. Good luck to them if it can help Greenville get something going on this front.
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Old 04-26-2016, 02:18 PM
 
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Sorry to hijack, but this could indirectly affect Greenville: Fayetteville may get a new minor league baseball team.



Fayetteville currently has a Coastal Plains league that would more than likely relocate. Another chance for Greenville to get a foot in the door by getting a stadium deal started for a coastal plains league team. Otherwise, it would be another chance for Kinston to grab a coastal plains team (If their minor league deal continues to fall through).

Say what you want about Fayetteville, they are trying to make the city better and have the population to support this type of thing. Good luck to them if it can help Greenville get something going on this front.
I wish Greenville had movement on a minor league team, but if not or in the meantime, a coastal plains team would be great. Send it to Mayor Thomas. Make sure someone knows.
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Old 04-26-2016, 05:13 PM
 
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I wish Greenville had movement on a minor league team, but if not or in the meantime, a coastal plains team would be great. Send it to Mayor Thomas. Make sure someone knows.
Done.
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Old 04-26-2016, 05:28 PM
 
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I wish Greenville had movement on a minor league team, but if not or in the meantime, a coastal plains team would be great. Send it to Mayor Thomas. Make sure someone knows.
I feel like Guy Smith Park could be a perfect temporary baseball location if we needed something quick. Going on the assumption that a better ballpark would get built uptown.
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Old 04-26-2016, 05:55 PM
 
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I agree that it's better to have someone from the south. Too many yankees involved in ECU. I don't mean that tongue-in-cheek, either; I mean it as a lifelong resident of Greenville.

He seems to be a good friend of medicine/healthcare. That's a plus for ECU.
ECU's best Chancellors have been from the north. Leo Jenkins was from New Jersey, Richard Eakin is from Pennsylvania, and Steve Ballard is from Illinois. Muse and Brewer were from the south and they were probably our worst, at least since East Carolina has been a university. So, I'm not putting in stock in this guy being good just because he's from the south. I hope he will be good, though. ECU can't afford another Muse.

BTW, I'm from eastern NC and Leo will always be my favorite.
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