ECU Chancellor appointed to international education board

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton was appointed to the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers: Association of International Educators board of directors.

NAFSA is a nonprofit association of professionals dedicated to international education.

Last year, ECU was one of seven colleges to receive the organization's Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.

Staton is excited about the opportunity to oversee the strategic direction of the organization.

Staton says, "I am happy to have the opportunity to play a larger role in supporting and advocating for global learning through this great organization. NAFSA's ability to provide educational leaders in internationalization efforts with the resources they need is vital to the success of our campuses and communities."

Staton has been an advocate for ECU students studying abroad since he was hired in 2016.

In March, Staton and his wife Catherine made a $100,000 commitment to fund scholarships for international education at ECU.

Staton says, "My study abroad experience as a first-generation college student broadened my perspective on the world and prepared me for a journey that would take me to the University of Oxford for my doctoral work. I want more students to have such an experience, and while we can't send every student abroad, we can bring the world to ECU through international students and faculty and through technology. ECU students should have the same opportunities as students at other universities to prepare for the global economy they will work in throughout their lives."