ECU Names New Chancellor For Administration And Finance

East Carolina University has named Dr. Rick Niswander vice chancellor for administration and finance.

He's been serving in an interim role since November.

Niswander has been at ECU for 17 years. He taught accounting in the College of Business and also was dean of the College of Business from 2004 until now.

According to ECU, Niswander will be responsible for business services, campus operations, financial services, human resources, information technology and university facilities, including construction and renovation of campus buildings.

ECU reports his salary is $270,000 a year.

“While this appointment reflects his financial skills and competencies as well has his business experience, it is even more reflective of the great leadership skills that he exhibits every day,” ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard said. “He will be a great addition to an already strong senior leadership team at ECU.”


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  • by Worst Chancellor Ever! on Apr 21, 2011 at 05:43 AM
    I find it amazing that Kevin Seitz who held the position prior to Niswander and had more years and experience at the position was being paid 251K per year and Niswander is getting 270K to start. Ballard needs to go ASAP.
  • by Charmed Life on Apr 16, 2011 at 07:20 PM
    Some people at ECU seem to live charmed lives way away from the suffering of regular folk. You have a job that is the same as when it was paid $250K now paying $270K and a man who made $220K now being paid $270K. Same happened with a Vice Provost job a couple of years ago where salary went way up when new lady came in. No budget crisis at ECU, not for some!
  • by Arrogance on Apr 16, 2011 at 01:00 PM
    The arrogance shown by all involved is massive. This is taxpayer money! If there are no increases in pay for state employees, and this man was coming from a job where he was making less than this job paid then why the huge increase? I agree that Ballard should be terminated and now, people need to complain to Tom Ross and the state auditor about this.
  • by Jackson on Apr 16, 2011 at 11:30 AM
    I agree, if he is making even a dime more than the last guy then Steve Ballard should be fired. How can you plead poverty regarding cuts and then give huge increases to people. This is a disgrace.
  • by Outrage on Apr 16, 2011 at 11:09 AM
    Thanks, Dr. Ballard. How many people could have paid their increased health premiums with the extra tens of thousands this man is now taking home? Time for you to retire, you are a failure and while you preach leadership you cannot demonstrate it.
  • by Concerned on Apr 16, 2011 at 10:45 AM
    He is now making approx $50k more than he was as dean and $20K more than the last person in this job. Sorry, but there are some people who are favorites and some people who get shafted. And ECU is crying poverty in Raleigh. I have written to Speaker of House and President Pro-Tem of Senate about this. This goes too far!
  • by Kim Location: Greenville on Apr 16, 2011 at 09:47 AM
    270 K WHAT??? Just before reading the little news tidbit I read, "Students, Educators Respond To Proposed N. C. College Funding Cuts" and to continue "less funds could also eliminate opportunities for students in financial need." What are they playing rob Peter to pay Paul??? Tuition is so high even before the resent hike last semester costing a full time undergrad student $1469. and that is for online classes only, it's even higher for classes on campus. Not sure if you all realize, as a student advances through their degree, financial aid decreases while tuition and books, etc. raises. But as long as Dr. Niswander and the like are abundantly filling their pockets, living high on the hog (in my opinion) let students struggle as they are JUST the universities bread and butter while they let go assistant teachers and part-time professors. How about Dr. Niswander and the like be reduced to part-time?
  • by Can he do the job Location: G-Vegas on Apr 15, 2011 at 10:57 PM
    Great for him having served, but given poor financial status, and communication to staff and students, will he be able to live up to it? Best to him, but don't think he will make it past a year or two. Sorry
  • by To complaining ECU employees on Apr 15, 2011 at 07:05 PM
    This news was posted on ECU NEWS and ECU home pages before it was posted on WITN. Did you even look before you posted?
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      by ECU Staff on Apr 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM in reply to To complaining ECU employees
      No. I shouldn't have had to look. An announcement should have been made to all ECU personnel via email.
  • by ECU employee Location: Greenville on Apr 15, 2011 at 02:15 PM
    Good point, ECU staff. The university needs someone to come in and get a communication system in place so that information gets distributed efficiently and effectively on campus. I've been here for 10 years, and this place has been consistently bad about getting the word out to its own people.
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      by ECU staff on Apr 16, 2011 at 01:57 AM in reply to ECU employee
      There is way too much junk announcements at ECU that needs to be stopped before adding more. Too many people have access to post to Announce and abuse it.
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