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Cecil P. Staton, DPhil

Chancellor
East Carolina University

Cecil P. Staton, DPhil, became the 11th chancellor of East Carolina University (ECU) on July 1, 2016. He is a tenured professor in ECU’s Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. Prior to his role at ECU, Staton served as vice chancellor for extended education for the University System of Georgia and as interim president of Valdosta State University. Staton held several positions at Mercer University, including associate provost, assistant professor, and university publisher, and he was an assistant professor at Brewton-Parker College. For 10 years, Staton served as a Georgia state senator, representing the state’s Eighteenth District. He was also the founding CEO of several companies in the fields of publishing and broadcasting. Staton earned his bachelor of arts degree from Furman University, his master of divinity with languages and master of theology degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Oxford in England.