In a mass email sent to the East Carolina University community on Nov. 30, Interim Chancellor Ron Mitchelson announced his plan to retire at the end of June 2021 after 42 years of work in higher education.
Mitchelson said his position as Interim Chancellor has been a humble experience, though the COVID-19 pandemic was not something he expected.
“A pandemic was not in the picture when I accepted the position more than a year ago, and I am grateful for the help and support I have received from Pirate Nation during these difficult months,” Mitchelson said in an email announcement.
In an article published by The East Carolinian on Nov. 2, Mitchelson said he would continue to hold his seat as Interim Chancellor until the new chancellor is named and able to take his place. Mitchelson plans to help with this transition, as well as teach one last introduction to geology class during the spring 2021 semester before he moves into retirement, according to the announcement.
During his time at ECU, Mitchelson has worked as a professor, a department chair and Interim Chancellor. He said he worked alongside talented and brilliant people, as well as how he is grateful and appreciative for his chance to serve for ECU.
“The mission of ECU to serve this region is what brought me here more than 20 years ago and I could have never dreamed that I would finish my career leading this great university,” Mitchelson said in his email announcement. “It is an opportunity experienced by few people.”
In the email announcement, Mitchelson said the support of his family has been crucial to his success, and he is happy to devote more time to his wife, children and grandchildren.
Mitchelson ended his email announcement with a message to Pirate Nation and said he will continue to always be a Pirate in the future.
“As we move forward, remember to be good to one another. No matter where the future takes me, I will always be a Pirate!” Mitchelson said.