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Stephanie Coleman has been named interim vice chancellor for administration and finance by East Carolina University.

Stephanie Coleman, associate vice chancellor for budget and athletics fiscal affairs since 2018, has been named by East Carolina University as the next interim vice chancellor for administration and finance, according to an ECU News Services press release.

Coleman will oversee all of ECU’s financial resources and manage total revenues of over $900 million and a total endowment of over $200 million, the press release said. The release said Coleman will lead more than 1,000 staff members in the financial division.

“Stephanie Coleman has stepped up to fill this role at a critical time for the university, and having a finance expert of her caliber to turn to is another example of the quality of the staff and faculty here at ECU. I look forward to working closely with her to ensure the university’s continued fiscal stability,” Interim Chancellor Ron Mitchelson said in the press release.

Coleman is a Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, native and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from ECU before she began her career with the North Carolina Office of the State Auditor, the release said. Coleman came to ECU in 2004 and since has served in multiple divisions related to the university’s finances, according to the press release.

Coleman replaced previous Vice Chancellor Sara Thorndike, who served as the chief financial officer for ECU since March 2018, the release said. The press release said Thorndike has been announced by Penn State University as senior vice president for finance and business/treasurer.

“As a two-time alumna of ECU, I am honored to serve my alma mater in this role. I look forward to working with the university’s leadership team as we move things forward,” Coleman said in the press release.

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