Chris Chung, chief executive officer of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC), will be the commencement speaker at East Carolina University’s fall 2020 graduation.
According to an ECU News Services press release, Chung graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Ohio State University, where he double majored in Japanese and economics. He has held both executive and management positions at the Missouri Partnership and the Ohio Department of Development, now known as JobsOhio, before joining EDPNC, according to the press release.
The ceremony will be held virtually for an expected 2,000 graduates on Friday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. and it can be viewed on the ECU commencement website, according to the press release.
“Chung has more than 23 years of experience in economic development and has led EDPNC since 2015,” the press release said. “The public-private partnership is responsible for a number of economic development functions on behalf of the state of North Carolina, including new business recruitment, existing business support, international trade and export assistance, small business start-up counseling, and tourism, sports and film promotion.”
The press release said since Chung has been part of the EDPNC, the organization has helped the state of North Carolina win over 780 corporate expansion projects. This has resulted in 104,000 new jobs and $24 billion in investment across North Carolina, according to the press release.