The governing board is free from undue influence from political, religious, or other external bodies, and protects the institution from such influence.


Judgment of Compliance: In compliance    




The current University of North Carolina system (hereafter, the University) dates from 1971, when the North Carolina General Assembly completely restructured higher education in North Carolina, bringing all state-supported institutions of higher learning, including East Carolina University (hereafter, ECU or the institution), into a single system governed by the University’s Board of Governors (hereafter, BOG). 


In accordance with North Carolina General Statute 116-11, the BOG is responsible for the general determination, control, supervision, management, and governance of all affairs of the University’s 17 constituent institutions, including East Carolina University.

Half the members of the BOG are appointed by the North Carolina House of Representatives and half by the North Carolina Senate. Eight members of the ECU Board of Trustees (hereafter, BOT) are appointed by the BOG and four are appointed by the governor. The president of the ECU Student Government Association is also a member of the BOT. The appointed members of both boards serve staggered four-year terms, and may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. No member of either board is appointed by political, religious, or other external bodies and no member can be removed by those bodies.

University of North Carolina Policy 200.1 requires that members of the boards of trustees of constituent institutions annually submit a Statement of Economic Interest (SEI) form to the North Carolina State Ethics Commission. In addition, as prescribed in the State Government Ethics Act, newly appointed public servants, who include members of boards of trustees of the constituent institutions of the University, must participate within six months of their appointment in an ethics and lobbying education presentation conducted by the North Carolina State Ethics Commission.  Thereafter, the BOG and BOT must attend an ethics and lobbying education presentation at least every two years (North Carolina General Statutes Chapter §138A-14). Members of the BOT comply with the requirements in the UNC policy and in the North Carolina General Statutes.


Reference Title


North Carolina General Statute 116-11

NCGS 116-11


North Carolina General Statutes Chapter §138A-14

3.2.4 GS_138A-14(b)

State Government Ethics Act

State Government Ethics Act

Statement of Economic Interest (SEI)

3.2.4 GS_138A-22 (Statement of Economic Interest)

UNC Policy 200.1

3.2.4 UNC Policy Manual 200.1