Following the recent transition of Robin Coger into her role as provost and vice chancellor of the university’s Division of Academic Affairs, East Carolina University administration should remember and value the academic success of students as they make decisions regarding the future of the university.

As the chief academic officer of the university, Coger is responsible for each college, school, library, academic offices and programs within ECU. This means a wide range of ECU community members are affected by the choices she and other figureheads made at the administrative level.

We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, believe it’s important to prioritize student success, academic excellence, regional transformation and diversity, equity and inclusion when overseeing academic programming at ECU.

According to the Division of Academic Affairs website, the division is committed to “excellence in all of ECU’s academic activities” in addition to collaboration, innovation and the pillars of the university’s mission.

We are confident Coger has the experience and skills needed to lead the Division of Academic Affairs and ECU’s overall academic success. Former dean of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s College of Engineering, Coger has a clear vision for the future of ECU and a passion for academic innovation and entrepreneurship.

As Coger begins a role that is very important to the success of a number of students at ECU, we trust that the provost will set academic strategy with skill, remain transparent and empathetic with the community, make decisions with integrity and fully commit to the future and success of the university.

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