Youngest chancellor in ECU’s history starts his new journey today

Dr. Philip Rogers takes on the role in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic
Published: Mar. 14, 2021 at 8:43 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 15, 2021 at 2:27 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Today starts a new chapter at East Carolina University as Dr. Philip Rogers takes over as the university’s 12th chancellor.

The 38-year-old is the youngest in the school’s history to be a chancellor but he isn’t a stranger to the area. Rogers served as ECU’s Chief of Staff from 2008 to 2013. He was raised in Greenville and graduated from J.H. Rose High School.

Rogers will be taking over for Dr. Ron Mitchelson who announced his retirement in November of last year.

Mitchelson voiced his congratulations on social media Sunday, tweeting for the last time from the chancellor’s official account.

Rogers officially replaces the last full-time chancellor, Cecil Staton, who was forced out in March of 2019 after 3 years with the school.

Rogers told WITN he’s ready to hit the ground running with plans to safely guide the school back to normalcy, recover their finances, and increase enrollment numbers.

“That’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we’re tackling here because there’s so many different aspects of COVID that peel off from the actual health crisis itself,” Rogers explained.

He also placed an emphasis on better online education following students’ virtual class adaptations this year.

Before accepting the position, Rogers was the senior vice president of learning and engagement for the American Council on Education.

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